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Sunday, December 31, 1944 Cold 

"Poland", written across the sleeve of a British Air Force 
uniform identified our "Diary Subject" today as an exile from Poland, 
outfitted by the British government. His name is A. Jaworski and his 
title is Wing Commander, corresponding to Colonel in the 0". S. Air 
Corps. His eyes sparkled as he talked and listened; listening he liked 
better than talking, although his English grammar and pronunciation 
were remarkably good. "Just picked it up while living in England", he 
said, and then explained that his mission to America is to study at 
Harvard, a special course only available in this country. When asked 
how he liked the Inn, Mr. Jaworski said that it, more than any place 
he had seen here, made him think of home and old landmarks in Poland. 

Monday, January 1,1945 Stormy 

New Year's Day 

A lovely bride ushered in our New Year. She was Betty 
Little, one-time pupil in the Redstone and Southwest Schools. Betty 
moved away from Sudbury several years, ago', but came back to be 
married here this afternoon in the Martha-Mary Chapel. Her groom 
was Navy Lieutenant Russell Wood. About fifty friends and relatives 
drove over icy roads to witness the ceremony and afterwards, to enjoy 
a Buffet Tea, served in the Large Ballroom. Betty, in proverbial 
white satin, was smillug and gay and not in the least concerned about 
the weather! 

Tuesday, January 2, 1945 Jair and Cold 

The wedding consumed so much of our time and attention 
yesterday that another holiday party was almost overlooked. And it was 
a happy occasion, too. It was a kind of mixture of wedding anniversary 
and birthday celebration. The honored guests were the Borden family 
of Sudbury. About twenty neighbors and friends gathered in the Large 
Dining Room to partake of a turkey dinner, thus starting the New Year 
in this festive way. 


Wednesday, January 3, 1945 Clear 

Little feathered friends who make the environs of the Wayside 
Inn their homeland, have not been forgotten during the cold winter 
weather. Miss Fisher has provided a bird - house for them and has attach- 
ed it to a tree near the dining porch windows. Feathered friends have not 
discovered it as yet, however. So Car, only the squirrels have approved 
it. They have tapped on the door and run around the tree several times 
to show their appreciation. Soon, we expect to see twittering groups of 
sparrows and woodpeckers holding a housewarmingl 

Thursday, January 4-, 1945 iair 

Old copies of the "Farmer's Almanac" have furnished Mrs. 
Alice L. Kimball of Northooro, mass, with some high-lights on sts 
coaching. At one time, a stage left rioston for Washington City via 
Worcester. One of the coaches came through Sudbury, early in 1800, 
leaving from an Inn called Earle's in Boston. Sta Ld not always 
start at the time advertised. They might leave at three in the morn - 
ing instead of five o'clock as scheduled! Mrs. Kimball, a recent guest, 
is preparing a paper on old taverns for the Northboro Historical 
Society and volunteered to pass on some of the information for our 
historical file. 

Friday, January 5, 194.5 Cold 

The picture of an old Cape Cod Windmill adorns the cover 
of a 1945 calendar, just received. The calendar, sent out by the 
Massachusetts Mohair Plush Company, is called a "Calendar of Old Mills 
in New England". As picturesque as any therein is our own Wayside Inn 
Grist Mill. Among others shown is the Stuart Snufj ' in North 
Kingston, Rhode Island, where Gilbert Stuart, the famous portrait 
painter of Colonial, days, was born. Another interesting mill pictured 
is the old mill at Scituate, Mass., built about 1703 by Mordecai Lincoln, 
an ancester of Abraham Lincoln. 

Saturday, January 6, , Dreary 

The Wayside Inr 1 mtly for a dim 

given in honor of a high rankj : officer. Thre 

■e present - not fro eg vy, but from the Waves ; smgrt, 


'aturdBj , ranuarj 6, L945 (contini 

' women in Navy , Lth yards of gold braid. 
A regular I vj ieutenant, a test, noticed the ant 
Commanders in the dining roo. to his pretty bride - 

"Gee - whiz I Three Lieutenant G ers in y, the^ 

as scarse as Colonels in l 



Sunday, January 7, 194-5 Snowstorm 

^ongfellow or Whittier could have described the Inn as it 
appeared today far better than the writer of this journal. For the Inn was 
enveloped in snow. It was not the kind of storm described by Whittier in 
"Snowbound" . This was different in character, slower, more moderate, and 
very gentle. But, it laid a fleecy, white blanket over leafless trees and 
frozen earth and wrapped itself around the Inn. A fey/ guests ventured 
forth. Old Dr. Bell and his tiny grandson would have pleased Dickens as 
they trudged down the path] two shadowy silhouettes behind a thin white 
veil. Dr. Bell's bulky figure limped. He was supported on one side by a 
sturdy cane and on the other, by the hand of a little red-haired boy. 

Monday, January 3, 194-5 Cold 

Christmas has come and gone but tonight it was revived. 
Colored tissue paper and gay ribbons were strewn around the Parlor as 
nine young ladies from Marlboro opened Christmas gifts. They chose a 
turkey dinner for their celebration and the Parlor hearth fire as a cosy 
setting for "tree" ceremonies. The tree was lacking, however, and Santa 
Claus did not put in an appearance. Nevertheless, a good time was had 
by all j all, belonging to a church club. 

Tuesday, January 9, 194-5 Cold 

Two weeks ago 

Voice on the telephone. "Please arrange a dinner 
party for ten on the night of Tuesday, January 9th. 
The name. Lieutenant Ziegler. 


A long table in the 0.^d Dining Room 
Places set for ten. 
A Steak Dinner 

lieutenant Ziegler - a Wave 

Nine others - high-ranking Wave Officers 
The occasion - An officer being detached 
and sent to California 



Wednesday, January 10, 194-5 S tomt- 

it is time to think about the Wayside Inn Retreat and the 
Fraters. Sunday, January 21 is the date set and Dr. Etz has sent in a 
list of those who expect to attend. Among them will be Dr. William 
Wallace Rose. His parish is in Lynn, Mass. and news of his work there 
comes to us every week in his church pamphlet. Often, this little 
sheet gives us something fine and inspirational to remember. Today, it 
is a short poem called "The Human Touch". 

" 'Tis the human touch in this world that counts, 

The touch of your hand and mine, 

Which means far more to the fainting heart 

Than shelter and bread and wine. 

For shelter is gone when the night is o'er. 

And bread lasts only a day; 

But the touch of the hand, and the sound of the voice 

Live on in the soul alwayi " 

(Authorship unknown) 
Thursday, January 11, 1945 Coi-der 

" This is a copy of an old etching of 
the Wayside Inn as it appeared in 
1330. Fainted by Axel G. Christensen 
and presented to Sam Squires by the 
girls of the Ford Motor Company to 
express our affection for him." 

Thus, reads an inscription on the back of a little oil 
painting. The painting was passed around among our guests, this evening; 
thirty executives of the Ford Plant in Somerville. They were here to*' 
honor two faithful employees, Samuel E. Squires and Harry Woodward, 
both in the company for over thirty - five years. And honor them they 
did with a very fine dinner. Not only was the food planned with the 
utmost care, but every detail of the table setting was thoughtfully 
arranged. Hand-made place cards depicted early New England scenes and 
a lovely large orchid awaited every lady at her table place. A carnation 
was provided for every gentleman, ^arge bouquets of Spring flov^ers 
adorned the center of the table -,vhich was placed in a T- shape, near the 



Friday, January 12, 194-5 Bleak 

The Inn has entertained almost every kind of a champion 
except a pistol champion. Today, the pistol - shooting champion of the 
United States Revolver Association was a luncheon guest of Mrs. Purdy. 
And to make the title more distinctive, the champion is a very feminine 
charming housewife I Her home is in Arlington, Mass. Four years ago, Mrs. 
Knight shot a handgun for the first time in her life. Last year, she took 
first place in seven out of eight pistol shooting matches. Never before, 
had a woman won a senior outdoor match. Mrs. Knight, like most of the 
champions we have met, is modest and unassuming. 

Saturday, January 13, 194-5 Cold 

Two large dinner parties were served here this evening. 
The larger one consisted of 75 people, who honored Mr. William W. 
Peabody. His work, for the past sixteen years, has been with the 
Metropolitan District Water Supply Commission - and, in particular, at 
the Quabbin Reservoir, in the western part of the state. Place cards 
were original in design and showed a fine photograph of the Reservoir. 

Forty - six neighbors and friends from the vicinity of 
Newton, Mass. also enjoyed the facilities of the Inn this evening. After 
dinner in the Old Dining Room, they spent two or three hours dancing in 
the large Ballroom, with Mr. Haynes directing Quadrilles, the Duchess, 
and such. 

Missing Jan. 14-Jan. 20, 1945 

i. - 


Sunday, January 21, 194-5 Pleasant 



A bright Winter Sun looked down upon the Inn today and 
added it's bit of warmth to the Welcome which awaited eighteen 
ministers. Frater Kapp came from northern New York a day ahead 
and lent a cheery smile and cordial handshake as the 43rd annual 
Retreat began. Among the first to arrive was dear Dr. John van 
Schaick. He is one of the few older men - and tucked under his 
arm was a thoughtful gift for the Inn; papers, pictures and manu- 
scripts concerning the Poet in the "Tales of a Wayside Inn". 

It wasn't long before Gus Leining was settled down near 
the fireplace with a book. Frater Rose wandered out to the Old 
Kitchen. D r. Etz passed around a neatly framed picture of his sailor 
son. Frater Ellenwood's wife sent a large box of pecans. Rice, one 
of the newer members just looked on and listened. Supper was served 
in the old dining room and the evening slipped by quickly as more 
members arrived. There was good talk and laughter. At ten o'clock 
Frater Lobdell, who is the Prior this year, called the Fraters 
together in the Old Kitchen. In the quiet of ihis historic old Inn 
a deep, ministerial voice began - "Father, we thank Thee - - - " 

Fraters Kapp and Lobdell 


Monday, January 22, 194-5 Snow-showers 

Frater Etz gave a talk this morning on "Roots of our 
Faith in Hebrew Culture". This led to further discussion until 
Lunch time. Then followed the "Quiet Hour". This is a period 
when some of the ministers go to their rooms while others meditate 
in a remote corner of the Old Kitchen or sit quietly in the 
Longfellow Parlor. 

Snow showers helped to make the day a pleasurable one; 
all enjoy a good Winter walk. Two were seen on skiis climbing the 
low hill in front of the Inn. Towards sun-down they came in, one 
by one or in twos and threes and gathered in the Bar-room where 
a few "wise cracks" were heard - or should we say nut cracks? 
Mrs. Ellenwood's pecans furnished much "cracking" such as "Why 
don't you 'nuts' throw your shells into the fireplace?" In a few 
minutes the laughter had ceased and the Retreat-ers had again re- 
treated to the Old Kitchen. This time to hear Dean Skinner of 
Tufts College talk on "The Symbolic Interpretation of Worship". 
Dinner followed and at 3 o'clock Frater ^aione entertained with 
"Vachel Lindsay Peoneer Singer of American Ideals". As usual the 
Inn family retired early, leaving the Fraters to their nut cracking; 
some of it serious and some of it gay - but all of it kindly and wise, 

Tuesday, January 23, 194-5 Pleasant 

On this day tte Fraters have seemed to settle down. They are 
in for deep, theological talk and they write letters to needy parish- 
oners. They appear in comfortable slippers and tweed jackets. They 
follow a routine. A stranger looking in might think that these 
ministers were here permanently I But no, already there are two leave- 
takings; Dr. Kapp must return to St. Lawrence University and Ellenwood 
is called to Woonsocket for a funeral. 

The day starts with the annual Business meeting. Robert 
Cummins, Universalist church Superintendent, talks on "Liberal Religion 
in the Developement of American Culture" and in the afternoon F rater 
Fred Leining gives a program under the title "Preaching in the War and 
Post War Worlds". 

The program scheduled for Tuesday evening is always fun. 
This year the tradition was carried on with Fraters Fred Leining and 
Wallace Rose furnishing the amusement. Both write weekly church papers 
and both are able writers. There has been a little rivalry. Tonight 

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Tuesday, January 23 - continued 

Fred Leining presented diploma and"Hood"to Wallace Rose for having 
completed at last, an elementary course in journalism! Further 
entertainment of a different sort was provided by Miss Fisher at the 
piano and Herman Gehr with his violin - brought from Philadelphia by 
the "Ole Bull" of the group. 

A fitting gift was presented to Frater Huntley to acknowledge 
his twenty-fifth year of membership in the Retreat. The evening ended - 
how? Only the Fraters know and they will never tell. Wayside Inn 
Retreat fellowship is a sacred thing. 

The 1945 Fraters 



Wednesday, January 24, 1945 Pleasant 

After the Communion service, Which is held in quiet 
simplicity in the Old Kitchen, the Fraters prepare to leave. 
Dr. John always bids farewell with a gentle handshake; never for- 
getting to add a word of cheer. Most of the younger men leave 
in groups of three or four. Dr. Hoyt is returning to Portland, 
Maine and Dr. Ulrich, who is wont to take a vacation at this time 
of year, is going back to his rural community work in North Car- 
olina. Fred Leining and Reamon are the last to leave. Jovial 
Fred remarks as he is waiting for the Bus: "This is the first 
time I've heard the clock tick. There has been too much talk I" Tall, 
good-looking Ellsworth Reamon, President of the Universalist Church 
o$ America, is one who has not made "much talk" but his few final 
words linger. They are sincere and express the sentiment of all who 
were here. 

"It has been a very fine Retreat this year". 

Thursday, January 25, 19&5 Pleasant 


Rev. Stanley Manning, experiencing his first Retreat as 
a guest of the Fraters, jotted down a bit of his family geneology. 
He is a direct descendant of Samuel Howe, first landlord of the Inn. 

A pamphlet announcing the establishment of a Frederic 
William Perkins Foundation, was distributed among the ministers. Dr. 
Perkins was one of the three charter members of the Retreat and attended 
it for forty successive years. 

Fraters discussed at length the recent decision made by the 
Federal Council of Churches to reject the application of the Universa- 
list Church of America for membership. 

Friday, January 26, 1945 Pleasant, very cold 

Another minister (not a Frater) is spending a night and 
a day here with his wife; two young people who are doing excellent 
parish work in New Bedford, Mass. Reverend Lowell, after meditating 
in front of the open fire this morning, spoke these words: "This 
is a place where you feel detached from the hum-drum of the World. Here 
you can think and rest" . 





Saturday, January 27, 1945 Very cold 

1 A letter received from Frater George E. Huntley 

brings to a close this week of minister-guests. Dr. Huntley 
expresses his appreciation in three sentences: 

"You and all the members 3 of your staff were 
exceedingly kind and courteous to the fortunate 
"Fraters" who once more held their Retreat at the 

Flease know that all are deeply and permanently 

I have been privileged to enjoy twenty-five 
Retreats and I always feel that the last has been 
the best' 1 . 





Missing Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 1945 



Sunday, February 4-, 194-5 


Dinner over, Mr. W. T. Powell stopped to chat this after- 
noon about his friend and fellow- worker at Boston University, Reverend 
William L. Stidger. It was then that the hostess discovered Mr. Powell 
to be an ordained minister, Consequently, he was made the guest of the 
Inn. This came as a pleasant surprise and a timely one to both Mr. and 
Mrs. Powell. They were here to celebrate their 23rd Wedding Anniversary! 

Monday, February 5, 194-5 


Another special event occurred last evening when overnight 
guests, Corporal and Mrs. James B. Pierce were ushered into the Jerusha 
Room. This particular room was occupied by Mrs. Pierce's aunt on her 
wedding night I And this was the wedding night of Mr. and Mrs. Pierce. 
The Jerusha room was not specified when the reservation was made, but 
Mrs. Pierce had secretly hoped for it. She has recently come from Eng- 
land, an English nurse. Her husband was not without his sentiment too. 
He was carrying bags marked "Antarctic Expedition" . These belonged to a 
brother who carried them on his honeymoon as did another brother before 

Tuesday, February 6, .194-5 


jSant rajuPH d?;lagrieco 


Tuesday, February 6, 1945 (cont.y 

Sergeant Ralph Delagrieco, Boy's School graduate, returned 
yesterday from California to give us a verbal picture of his life there 
in a Redistribution Center. Ralph takes veteran aviators on fishing tri^s, 
just for recreation. He dined on a recent evening at the home of Irene 
Dunne, screen actress. Coming through Chicago on his way East, Ralph 
stopped to hear a national Radio Broadcast from its home studio. There he 
was chosen among others in uniform, to say a few words. Raiph called, 
"Hello, Wayside Inn." 

Wednesday, February 7, 1945 Pleasant 

A sight seeing tour of _,exington and Concord for twenty- 
three students from Leslie College, ended this afternoon with dinner 
served on the dining porch at Wayside Inn. Twenty-three young ladies 
were weary and tired as they came in for a turkey dinner. This revived 
them, however, and when dessert was finished they were eager for more 
sightseeing. A tour of the house was made in organized fashion. 

Ten Dennison salesmen, called to the factory office at 
Framingham from ten different states, were entertained at dinner this 
evening by Mr. Schneider, home office executive. He is wont to bring 
such groups to the Inn as they arrive; one in about every two or three 
months . 

Thursday, February 8, 1945 Snow storm 

At noon time, Mrs. Willard Worcester, house guest since 
Tuesday, prepared to leave; to drive her car into Boston. But should 
she go in the storm? Snow was falling fast and driving was dangerous. No, 
she would settle down with Whittier's "Snow-bound" and wait. Other house 
guests, Mr. and Ivlrs. George T. Howe of Connecticut prepared to stay in for 
a spell, too. The storm became more intense; it raged. The wind blew and 
a blizzard ensued. Travelling became a major problem, .busses stopped. Cars 
were stalled. The telephone buzzed with "storm calls". Two employees 
couldn't get home. Drifts were drifting while plows plowed. How many feet 
deep? About one foot and still snowing 1 



Cptfc Friday, February*?, 1945 Pleasant 

The World is beautifully white. There is a remarkable 
stillness, broken only by the distant shouts of boys who are breaking 
trails; boys in single file running down through the center of Dutton 
Road; the road itself is buried under - and the snow plow is buried, 
tool No one is stirring at the Inn, not even a mouse! 

Trucks with clanking chains arrive. These are loaded 
with more boys and men and snow shovels, boon, there is a path to the 
front door, to the Gate House - and now the big, yellow buli-dozer chugs, 
chugs along the main road. Guests are waking up. They peer from upper 
windows and behold the most glorious Winter sight they have ever seen I 
.rs. Worcester has donned fur coat and boots and woolen scarf. She looks 
like a very little person against hugh snowpiles, some fourteen feet high. 
She stops to admire the Inn; the tiny tufts of cotton white snow on every 
window sill; and the deep "loaf" on the porch roof. And she exclaims over 
the clear, deep blue sky above, ^eing an artist she sees "pink" snow under 
the windows, a reflection from the house. But the lov^iest picture of all 
is the Martha- Mary Chapel standing straight on its perfectly white hill 
top with its perfectly white steeple pointing towards the heavenly blue. 

All day, the great amount of snow and its removal from 
highways and byways claims our attention. iAany of the Inn family are not 
atwork today. At least they are not at work here. At home, they are 
shoveling paths and driveways. Tomorrow there will be plenty of tired 
arms and lame backs! 

Saturday, February 10, 1945 Pleasant 

A stocky little girl with two perky blue bows tied in 
her hair, was a talkative dinner guest this evening. She told about 
her school and how each morning in Assembly someone is chosen to recite 
a poem or talk on a place she has visited, At present, our young 
visitor is learning "The Village Blacksmith". When her turn comes a- 
round for a poem she will recite it. "And when I have my Talk", she 
said, "I'll tell about the Wayside Inn". 



Sunday, February 11, 194-5 Pleasant 

Singing songs around the old square piano in family fashion 
made this evening an enjoyable one for Mrs. Harold G. Austin and 
seventeen friends . Mrs . Austin is a Wayside Inn bride and was 
married in the Martha-Mary Chapel last November. Mr. Austin is now at 
Pearl Harbor. The singing was preceded by Sunday Night Supper and 
altogether a good time was had by all. Next time it is hoped that the 
groom will be here to enjoy such an event. 

Monday, February 12, 1945 Pleasant 

Mentioned in dispatches from the Italian front, is the River 
Arno. Longfellow mentions it too in the "Tales of a Wayside Inn". It is 
in the Student's tale of the "Falcon ©5 Ser Federigo", an Italian 
story based on a legend from Bocaccio's Decameron. 

"One summer morning, when the sun was hot 
Weary with labor in his garden plot 
On a rude bench beneath his cottage eaves 
Ser Federigo sat among the leaves 
Of a huge vine, that with its arms outspread 
Hung its delicious clusters overhead. 
Below him, through the lovely valley, flowed 
The river Arno, like a winding ro«*d. 
And from its banks were lifted high in air 
The spires and roofs of Florence called 
the Fair". 

Tuesday, February 13, 194-5 Cloudy 

The window shelf behind the Bar is adorned with little spots of 
color which brighten these Winter days. The spots are tiny blossoms from 
various plants, brought in by a plant lover, Mrs. G. F. Cutting. She and 
her son drive over from the other side of the town once a week to have 
luncheon here. Mrs. Cutting. who is elderly, usually brings a few pink and 
white azalea blossoms. The other day she brought a slip from a nutmeg 
geranium. This is growing in a tiny hand-blown vase and soon will be 
planted in a flower |*ot. 


Wednesday, February 14, 194-5 Pleasant 

A "Gob" and his girl came in about nine o'clock tonight. 
They wanted to see the house. Perhaps we should say, he wanted to see 
the house. Anyway, the young man was the most enthusiastic visitor we 
have had for some time. He was a minister's son from Texas. Longfellow, 
Hawthorne and the New England literary lore appealed to him as did the 
furnishings of the house. He lingered on and on snd at last bought a 
copy of the "Tales" to send to Texas. "Father would love this," he said. 
Then he hesitated. He wanted to keep the book himself. After a little 
debating, which was financial in nature, he decided to buy another copy; 
one for a Methodist minister in Texas and one for a Gob in blue. 

Thursday, February 15, 194-5 Warmer 

To honor a young lady soon to leave for Denver, Colorado, ten 
of her office-mates in the Curtis Shoe Factory in Marlboro tendered her 
a dinner party this evening. Singing followed in the old Ball room. 
When Bus time came the girls scrambled into hats and coats and waited at 
the end of the walk for the big Red monster which was to carry them home. 
Alas, the Bus passed by without stopping and the girls spent another hour 
singing songs. 

Friday, February 16, 194-5 Pleasant 

Gay red paper hearts dancing merrily on the walls, a few 
cupids here and there, long red and white streamers fluttering; dimly 
lighted candleabra lending an air of mystery and romance to the lovely 
Ball-room, the rustling of taffeta, the whispering of silk, the swishing 
of net as young ladies were swung happily around to the strains of old 
waltzes, reels and polkas 1 Excited laughter, the blending of high 
girlish voices with the deeper tones of the boys and men, the music of the 
orchestra, could all be heard in the background. The reason? Why, the 
formal Valentine dance held by the Wayside Inn Boy's Schooll 

Saturday, February 17, 194-5 Pleasant 

Former Senator Frederick C. Walcott and Mrs. Walcott from 
Norfolk, Connecticut dropped in for tea this afternoon. "But Orange 
Pekoe tea", said the Senator,*' is not to my liking and I never drink it!" 
He explained that the poorest, bottom leaves of the tea plant are those 
given the fancy name of Orange Pekoe. Senator Walcott, who has spent 
several years in China, brought his own tea along with him, green tea 
\»hich is the best Chinese brand. Before starting on his way home, the 
Senator told of his interest in music and was shown the violin which once 
belonged to Ole Bull. 


Sunday, February 13, 1945 Cold 

In an unusual wedding gown of cream colored, brocaded satin, 
Miss Grace Hinckley walked down the aisle of the Martha - Mary Chapel this 
afternoon to become the bride of Lieutenant D. A. ^inscott. The sun smiled 
down on the happy couple as the wedding party and over one hundred guests 
adjourned to the Inn for a wedding supper. This was a War romance, the 
bride, eighteen years old and the groom, twenty. "And we've only been to- 
gether a little over three weeks", explained the blushing bride. We learned, 
however, that the couple have known each other about two years; Oncle Sam's 
mail service playing the part of cupid. Managing the details of the wedding 
and reception was the bride's mother, who lives at "Colonial Acres" in 
Concord, Mass., where she lectures on period furnuture, interior decoration, 
etc. The Inn, then, provided just the right setting and atmosphere for this 
Colonial minded family. 

Monday, February 19, 194-5 Cold 

In the Summer of 1941, Mr. James A. Fitzpatrick, producer of 
Fitzpatrick Travelogues, made a colored sound picture of the Inn. He asked 
Miss de Mille and Miss Staples, hostesses, to walk towards the front door 
as he snapped the picture. This scene later appeared in the Fitzpatrick 's 
Travelogue of New England. It was shown in hundreds of theatres throughout 
the United States. Today, a letter came from England. It was written by a 
member of the R. A. F. Said Harry, who visited the Inn about a year ago. 

"The other evening the airbomber and I popped 

into a news cinema in Nottingham to pass the odd hour. 

Wasn't I surprised when I saw the Wayside Inn in technicolor. 

It was one of Fitzpatrick 's Travelogues and I am sure I saw 

you, Miss Staples, walking in the old doorway. How I wished 

I could be whisked back there!" 

Tuesday, February 20,^945 Fair 

This is the story of a beautiful English girl who loved the 
poem "Mary Had a Little Lamb" and of Nazi prison guards who did not. The 
girl was born in England shortly after the first World War. Her father had 
served in France and talked of the beautiful French countryside. One day, 
he moved his little family, wife and daughter, to France. There the child 
learned the language and could speak both English and Prench. This War came; 
the father enlisted ; the mother died. The beautiful blonde girl with large 
blue eyes was left alone. She became a member of the French underground. 


Tuesday, (continued; 

One night, she met a man who befriended her ; he was dressed in civilian 
clothes and could speak English. But, he tricked the lovely blonde and 
called the Gestapo. The girl was taken to a German prison camp. She refused 
to give the names of her companions. She was half starved and every day was 
given a terrible beating. The brilliant mind broke. She became crazy. She 
recited nursery rhymes, "Kumpty Dumpty" and "Mary Had a Little uarab" over 
and over again. This antagonized the guards and knowing that her mind was 
gone, they released her. She found her way back to Paris - blonde hair the 
color of ashes and eyes, expressionless. An old friend took her in, but 
soon afterwards this beautiful gir^., who had so infuriated the Nazi with 
"Mary Had a Little _amb", died, never knowing that her father too. had been 

Wednesday, February 21, 1945 Fair 

Dr. van Schaick's account of the 1945 Retreat has come in the 
February 17th issue of the Christian reader. As usual, all of it is good 
reading. His description of the Did Kitchen this year is particularly note- 
worthy and he ends it by saying. 

"The Fraters do not debate about spits or Phoebe 
lamps, but the debates are wiser and kinder because of the 
message that the Old Kitchen continually is driving home. 
How can one take a narrow or bigoted or sectarian attitude 
in the Old Kitchen of the Wayside Inn? A mighty past seems 
to be continually speaking, a limitless future seems to be 
beckoning. One gets courage from the unending march of the 
generations. One gets humility from a knowledge of the 
contribution each has made." 

Thursday, February 22, 1945 Stormy 


Overnight guests tonight are Mr. and Mrs. H. 
Baptiste who manage a dancing studio on Newbury Street, 
Boston. Their dancing instruction is of the modern Ball- 
room variety. 

Dinner Guest. "I'm glad I came. Now I'll have 
something to write about to my son in Australia. 

Recent gift; A lovely hooded baby's cradle of 
early period, presented by Mr. Horace A Beauregard. This 
will be placed in the Parmenter Sisters' House. 


Friday, February 23, 194-5 Cold 

Our dancing class this evening furnished entertainment and 
relaxation for one man who has, what his fellow officer called, "a 
terrifying job". The man is Colonel Kilgore, in charge of 24-00 beds for 
wounded soldiers at Cushing Hospital, Framingham. Tonight, the Colonel's 
expression was stern as he watched the boys dance and he didn't smile 
very much. But when his boys, his patients, were mentioned, a soft light 
appeared in his eyes and a ready smile appeared on his lips. He expressed 
a keen interest in the Inn and a desire that every one of his boys should 
see it; boys from the city and boys from the farm, all who are able to 
walk. Transportation is a problem, but when Spring comes the Colonel says 
he will arrange for the patients to come in groups of about thirty each. 

Saturday, February 24, 1945 Clear 

One friend, A^r. Samuel Chamberlain, who compiled our best- 
seller book "i.iOngfellow's Wayside Inn - A Camera Impression" has been 
decorated with the Bronze Star. fir. Chamberlain, who has been in the 
War for two years or more, is a member of the Army Air Forces Evaluation 
Board in the Mediterranean Theatre. The citation reads. "For aid in 
compiling, editing, and interpreting photographic intelligence data on 
enemy targets." This is the second medal awarded Mr. Chamberlain in this 
War. He received the region of Merit last September. 


Sunday, February 25, 194-5 Pleasant 

Chatting around the fireplace in the Bar -room this afternoon were 
an Army Chaplain and his wife, a Navy Ensign and his wife and Mr. and Mrs. . . 
Kienie. On arrival yesterday afternoon, these folks were perfect strangers. To - 
day they were talking like old friends. Mr. and Mrs. Kienie kindly offered to 
take the men in uniform to their respective destinations; the ladies were discus* 
ing their children etc. A Wayside Inn week - end which ma^ bear the fruit of 
several ripened friendships! 

Monday, February 26, 1945 Cold 

The Wayside Inn was the subject of a Radio Broadcast this morning 
when Priscilla Staples of the Wayside Inn was interviewed by ^riscilla Fortesque 
of Station WEEI in Boston. Priscilla Fortesque directs a program called "Good 
Morning Ladies" and in a fifteen-minute period she asks her "lady of the day" 
a good many questions. For instance, she asked Miss Staples this morning, "What 
were your first impressions of the Wayside Inn."' and "What do you enjoy most 
about the Wayside Inn?" To the latter question, Miss Staples replied: "I think 
I enjoy most , just everything about the Wayside Inn!" And then she went on to 
explain that "everything" meant the lovely rural setting of the Inn, the furni- 
ture, the history, the Longfellow association and the present day guests. Other 
questions, such as "What do you consider the most interesting and thrilling 
experience you have had at the Inn/" and "What is the most common question asked 
by the guests?" were duly answered in the required radio time. 

Tuesday, February 27, 1945 Cold - Pleasant 

Following the usual procedure on February 27th each year, today 
a v. r reath was laid on Longfellow's grave at Mount Auburn. Made from white pine 
and cones from the woods, it made a spot of living green against the dead - 
white stone and the snow which still covered the ground. Deep drifts were 
everywhere excepting on the southern slopes where the sun had melted the snow 
entirely. One could almost see the green grass pushing up in the warmth of the 
sun and feel a promise bf spring in the air. 


Wednesday, February 23, 194-5 Cold 

A real actress and one who has just returned from entertaining 
our boys overseas was an overnight guest last night. She was Margaret Ledbetter 
Hammer stein, Red Cross staff assistant, who opened the current Red Cross 
campaign in Marlboro? Naturally, Mrs. Hammer stein had many interesting things 
to talk about. She managed a Red Cross Showmobile which toured army camps, 
A. R. C. Clubs, and Aero Clubs throughout the English countryside. She said 
that Variety Troup3S are particularly popular because the boys can, after en- 
joying the performance, join in community sings and amateur shows with the 
assistance of the cast's varied talent. 

Thursday, March 1, 1945 Pleasant 

A thrilling sight was described today by the driver of a Wayside 
Inn truck and his assistant . Running over a hill in front of the truck were 
fourteen deer; deer of all sizes trailing each other in single file, their 
graceful brown bodies clearly silhouetted against the white snow. And as they 
vanished one by one into the woods, more deer could be seen through the trees 
as if a whole herd was gathered there. And the location described was not more 
than a quarter of a mile from the Inn! Naturally, the men were more than sur - 
prised. They hurried back to the Inn to give a glowing word picture of their 
thrilling experience. 

Friday, March 2, 1945 Pleasant 

Mrs. Kartlein is one who is doing her "bit". Each week she has 
guided the wives of Array and Navy men stationed at Harvard College, on a histor- 
ical tour. They have visited Lexington and Concord and Salem, Paul Revere' s 
House and the Wayside Inn. Several times, Mrs. Hartlein has brought her weekly 
group to the Inn. Today, she arranged for eighteen luncheons. Some of the girls 
bring their babies right along with them and today four small children were in 
the party. Very often, the girls are ex-school teachers and always they are far 
from home. Mrs. Hartlein usually plans the Wayside Inn visit on a Friday, when 
dancing classes are in session. Too, these visits are often of a preliminary 
nature. A second trip is likely to ensue with friend husband along. 

Saturday, March 3, 1945 Rainy - Clearing 

Why yes I Spring is definitely just around the corner, especially 
at Wayside Innl How do we know? Well, just follow any hostess into the old 
dining room and she will lead you to the lovely bay window there. If you peer 
out very closely, you will see tiny green shoots pushing their way through the 
apparently sleeping earth and you will exclaim over the appearance of the first 


Saturday, March 3, 1945 (continued) 

crocus. If you stay for dinner, you will discover another Spring-like 
addition on your dining table - large, yellow and violet pansy faces 
smiling up at you. However, if still in doubt, you may leave the Inn 
and walk along the lovely, winding road towards Framingham. There you 
will find soft, fuzzy pussy willows lining your path. Do you believe 
it now? 





Sunday, March 4, 1945 Very Pleasant 

Thirty years', service with one company is quite a record. 
Purdy, our manager, has achieved that record and today was given a party to 
honor the occasion. After surprising r<ir. Purdy at his home, ten friends and 
associates of the Ford Motor Company accompanied the guest of honor to the Inn 
where dinner was served. A large cake, appropriately decorated, was brought in 
at dessert time and a center bouquet added a festive touch to the one long table 
in the center of the dining room. Mr. Purdy thought the secret had been well 
kept and was genuinely surprised and pleased. 

Monday, March 5, 1945 Fair 

It is not often that the Diary has something unpleasant to record. 
Today, however, the Inn household was deeply concerned over one of the guests, 
Miss Sarah Stagg, who yesterday was struck by an automobile on the Post Road 
highway not far from the Inn. Fortunately, Miss Stagg was not knocked unconscious, 
but complained of leg injuries. This morning, she was carried to the hospital, 
an x-ray taken, and the report is favorable; no bones broken. 

Tuesday, March 6, 1945 3 as ant 

As a result of the recent broadcast, when one of the hostesses 
was interviewed by Priscilla Fortesque of Station WEZI in Boston, a listener 
writes that she was especially interested in hearing the broadcast because she 
happened to be at Plymouth, Vermont, when President Coolidge presented the 
famous Sap Bucket to Mr* Ford. She was on a motor trip through Vermont at the 
time and , by chance, had stopped at Plymouth. There, on that very day, the 
historic event took place and the memory of it is certainly vivid in the listener's 
mind. She also remembers when quite young, meeting a gentleman 34 years old, 
whose home was in Sterling, Mass. His mother, Polly Kimball, was the teacher of 
the Redstone School who sent Mary's lamb home. The listener's name is Mrs. t 
M. Robinson and she lives at 44- Aider. Street, Dedham, Mass. 

Wednesday, March 7, 1945 -asant 

"Songs of Salvation" is the title of an old Hymn book, dated 1870, 
which Mrs. Moses Alley presented to the Inn today. The book is quaint in apj.- 
ance and includes many of our familiar hymns, at least, th ic is Lliar. 
The words, in some instances, are quite different. The songs are divided as 

Wednesday, March 7, 1945 (continued, 

follows : 

Work Songs Joy Songs . 

Welcome Songs Festival Songs 

Prayer Songs Home Songs 

Faith and Hope Songs Pilgrim Songs 

Praise Songs Heaven Songs 

Miss Fisher has placed the book in the music drawer of the Old Spinet in the 
Parlor and will use it when guests and others gather around for a "sing". 

Thursday, March 3, 194-5 Very Pleasant 

Last week, little white-headed snow-drops blossomed out with their 
annual message about Spring being "just around the corner". This week, the pussy- 
willows are putting in an appearance for the same purpose. Pussy-willows are 
usually quite numerous around the Inn estate and are used for decorations in the 
house. One of the guests brought in a bright yellow crocus blossom from her gar- 
den, while another one asked," Have you seen a robin yet?" No, not yet - but soon, 
The message of the snow-drops never fails. 

Friday, March 9, 194-5 Fair 

Those who remember twenty years back remember Miss Pelton. Her 
personality made an indelible impression upon those who were here at that time. 
Now, Miss Pelton is the supervisor of a small hospital in rJoston called "The 
Charming Home" 'About once a year, she comes to the Inn for a kind of old home 
day. She looks up old friends and inquires for those who are not here. Tonight, 
she stayed several hours, going over to the Gate House to see Lena and into the 
Kitchen to see Maizie. All declared that Miss Pelton had not changed one bit. 

Saturday, March 10, 194-5 Stormy 

Another enjoyable party was held in the Ballroom this evening, pre- 
ceded by dinner served in the large dining room. The group numbered fifty and was 
made up of employees of the Bethlehem Steel Company at its Fore River Shipyard. 
Fore River is located near Hingham, Mass. and is a community which is now over- 
flowing with War workers. The guests tonight were the employees of one particu 
department. Mr. Haynes directed old fashioned dancing until nearly midnight. 


Sunday, March 11, 1945 Pleasant 

Attracting some attention among Sunday guests today was a middle- 
aged man in dark blue uniform. It was a uniform of the British Navy and the 
gentleman was the Captain of a Hospital Ship plying between Canada and England. 
Undoubtedly, the Captain could have told many a modern tale of ye Wayside Inn, 
but his hardened face with yet soft sympathetic eyes forbid any questioning. 
Rather, the Captain was interested in our tales of a Wayside Inn; particularly 
in the story of the Coolidge Sap Bucket with Edward's name thereon. 

Monday, March 12, 1945 Fair 

Somewhere in France an American doughboy has converted an old 
schoolhouse into a small roadside tavern and the sign reads "Wayside Inn". 
Mine host is Staff Sergeant Ralph Taylor. The story, which appeared in the 
Boston Post today, says that Taylor was much embarrassed recently when sixty 
to seventy unexpected guests, on their way to units farther forward, dropped 
in for lunch. Taylor lived up to the traditions of his famous Wayside Inn 
back home, however. He said. "I'll have something in fifteen minutes." The 
"something" was steak, French Fried potatoes, grapefruit juice, and chocolate 
cake. No red points were required. 

Tuesday, March 13, 1945 Sho?/ers 

Children's Chatter 

Billy: "I got a book from the library. It was called "kittle John 
from New England" and it told all about the Wayside Inn; the 
wafer iron and everything." 

Sally: "Oh, Mother, this room is old allright. Just look at the 
cracks 1 " 

Wednesday, March 14, 1945 Pleasant 

A young man of teen age thumbed the pages of "The Tales of a 
Wayside Inn" this evening and displayed considerable interest in them. "Sure 
I remember 'The Bell of Atri'," he said. "And 'King Robert of Sicily' is a 
corker". The whole class had studied Longfellow; and, in particular, "The 
Tales of a Wayside Inn". Mother offered to buy a copy, but she admonished the 
boy to be sure to read the book. 


Thursday, llarch 14, 1945 

Very Warm 

A warm, Spring-like evening brought many guests into the country 
for dinner and among them were eleven girls from the Dennison Manufacturing 
Company. They belong to one particular office staff and once a month have a 
dinner meeting together. When asked what they usually planned for entertain- 
ment following dinner, they replied. "Oh, we just gossip!" 

Friday, March 1%, 194-5 


The Inn became a lively resort center this afternoon when thirteen 
girls from Wellesley College arrived to stay overnight. They rode over on 
bicycles and were dressed accordingly. Some wore over-alls with fancy plaid shirts 
while others were attired in proverbial tweed skirts and sweaters. Knap- 
sacks served for suit cases, while a few just tied their "things" in a colored 
silk scarf. Half the afternoon was spent around the fireplace in the Bar room 
while the remainder of the daylight was used for exploration out - of - doors. 
All were gay at the dinner table and spent an interesting evening in the large 
Ballroom watching the dancing class. Studies and Wellesley College were com - 
pletely forgotten; at least, temporarily. 


Saturday, March 1#, 1945 


Now that Spring is on its way, it is hard to recall scenes like 
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All departments functioned at top speed today, as nearly 
four hundred people came to the Wayside Inn for their Sunday Dinner. 
Hostesses said "Hello" and"Good -byey wrote orders and counted cash. 
Waitresses set tables, cleared them and served the dinners. Last, 
but not least, cooks cooked food, placed it on plates and sent it 
piping hot to the guests. Guests looked through the house, asked 
questions, chatted with their friends, ate their dinners and walked 
to the Chapel and Schooihouse. Many said "A most enjoyable time 
and a very good dinner." 

Monday, March 19, 1945 


An event which should have been recorded in the Diary on the 
very day it occurred, has just come to our attention. The story was 
told today by a guest, who sometime ago, was visiting the Inn with 
friends. When they looked into the old Ballroom, three Army Chaplains 
were there. "Come waltz with me," called one of the Chaplains to a 
surprised young lady visitor," and as the tune of a Viennese Waltz was 
being hummed, the Chaplain whirled his newly found partner around the 
Ballroom floor. "Just wanted to write my wife in California, that I 
had danced in the Old Wayside Inn Ballroom," he explained. 

Tuesday, March 20, 1945 


Girls in dungarees with loose, checked shirts have flocked to 
the Inn from Wellesiey College during the past few days. Thirteen stayed 
over last Friday night and three on Saturday night. Two more came in to- 
day. The latter arrived on foot, having walked six miles from Framingham 
Center. Wellesiey is having a week's vacation and students have been 
requested 'not to travel to their homes.' Consequently, the time is being 
spent in sightseeing and teaming at some of New England's famous land marks, 

Wednesday, March 21, 1945 


Making the Inn a kind of retreat for meditation and rest, is a 
minister from Waterbury, Connecticut, who arrived last evening and will 
remain again tonight. He is Rev. John C. Walker. Also spending the 
night tonight, are Rev. and Mrs. John C. Hyde of Biddeford, Maine. They 
are the y o wag couple who often bring young parisioners from their home town, 
to show them Boston and the Wayside Inn. Boys and girls who haven't had 
the same opportunities and advantages as city children. 


Thursday, March 22, 1945 Very Stormy 

The hostess of one of the town's biggest hotels in New York 
tells a curious fact. Her job is to be adviser, listener to and guide of 
her hotel's daily guests. They come from all parts of the country, many 
for their first visit, as do many of the visitors here at the Inn. In the 
course of a day, this hostess talics to and sees behind the curtains of a 
pretty fair cross-section of modern America's public. And what do you think 
these visitors ask her? "I've kept a record for two years," this hotel 
hostess said. "Ninety-five perceaatof the questions asked are 'How can we 
see the Statue of liberty? '" And, we might add, ninety-five percent of the 
questions asked a hostess at the Wayside Inn are "How old is the house?" 

Friday, March 23, 1945 Rain 

Many guests are interested in a little wooden keg which hangs 
near the fireplace in the Bar room. We have known, pf course, that this is 
called a switchell - jug, used for carrying switchell, or sweetened water, 
to the men in the fields at haying time. However, we had not discovered the 
actual recipe for Switchell until recently. The following is taken from an 
article by J. Almus Russell 

4 quarts cold spring water 

1 cup molasses 

1 cup vinegar 

1 teaspoon ginger 

1 cup brown sugar ( corn syrup to taste may be substituted; 

1 tablespoon oatmeal 

Stir all of the ingredients together with a big 
wooden spoon, and pour into a clean jug. 

Saturday, March 24, 1945 Sunny 

Instead of a "^aughing Allegra", like Longfellow's daughter, 
our guest this evening was a "higgling Allegra". "Yes", said a fond mother, 
" we named our child for the poet's little girl. Her name is Allegra ..arson" 
This modern Allegra is a stocky blond of about twelve years, with a very 
girlish giggle. 


Sunday, March 25, 1945 Pleasant 

Miss Fisher being on a vacation, house guest Robert F. Duncan 
supplied the Sunday table decorations. He roamed field and forest in 
search of pussy willows. Returned with a large bunch of miscellaneous 
tree buds, ground pine and a few "by-gone" pussy willows. 

Over three hundred meals were served today, Palm Sunday. 

Helping on the Hostess staff through Sunday afternoons and 
evenings, is Mrs. Jane Bennett teacher in the Southwest school. Mrs. 
Bennett has previously served as hostess during the Summer months. 

Monday, March 26, 1945 Pleasant 

Within the four walls of the Parlor where Longfellow found 
inspiration for his poems, another poet today scratched off this merry 

I enjoyed my visit 
Bards of old 
And read the tales 
You had told. 

Return I hope 

To someday 

Right now I must be 

On my way 

The poem was found tucked away behind a picture. The modest 
author signed his initials - JMB. Suspicion rests between two young 
Navy ensigns who lingered long in the Parlor. 

Tuesday, March 27, 1945 Very warm 

Lilac buds are budding and green grass is getting greener in 
the warm sunshine of unusually warm weather. The themometer has broken 
all records for these last March days. The temperature has been between 
70 and 80 degrees. 

Tonight another group of Dennison salesmen were here. Twelve 
representatives averaged 36 years in the Company's service. Dinner was 
followed by a meeting in the old kitchen. 


Wednesday, March 23, 1945 Very warm 


March 23, 1945 

The Wayside Inn 
Sudbury, Mass. 

My dear Friends. 

I want to thank you most sincerely for your very gracious 
hospitality. I have been feeling a bit tired and nervous and I was 
supposed to get away for a couple of days. The Wayside Inn was absolutely 
ideal for a arest. I loved everything about the Inn. Years ago when I 
stopped overnight with you I wrote Mr. Ford but I thought this time I 
would write you at the Inn. 

Please add my word of tJanks to that of many others who have 
profited by Mr. Ford's generosity to the men of my profession. 

With my very best thanks. 

Yours very cordially, 

(signed; JOHN C. WALKER 

Thursday, March 29, 1945 Warm 

Five Army Signal Corps men arrived this morning prepared to 
take pictures of the Inn. Expensive cameras, slung on shoulder straps, were 
finally focused on the house as the boys found a good spot from which to 
snap their pictures. Then they came into the Bar room and registered from 
Ohio, New York, Wisconsin and Massachusetts. 

Friday, March 30, 1945 Cooler 

Foreign places have been represented here recently by the 
following guests. 

Ole Braken - Norway 

Mr. and Mrc. E. T. Warren - Jarnshedpur, India 

Ann Or land - Cairo, 3gypt 

Mrs. S. Foley - London, England 

Garnett Gardiner - Shanghai, Chins 


Saturday, March 31, 1945 Pleasant 

A boy on a bicycle returned today bringing two friends, all 
Boy Scouts trying to run 50 miles over the road in an endurance test. 
Besides being thrilled by their fifty-jnile ride, the boys were pleased 
to discover at the half way point a place which was restful and interesting, 
They went through the house, walked to the Mary Lamb school and crossed 
the highway to the Mill. Then they hopped on their bikes, refreshed and 
eager for the return trip. 


Sunday April 1, 194-5 Very Pleasant 


Southern friends would have called this a "pretty" day. It was 
"pretty" both inside and out. An early Spring warmth had prettied the 
country side with bursting buds and lacy green leaves, while inside, 
pretty light suits and flowery hats made our feminine guests very 
beautiful to look upon. And interspersed among the six hundred guests 
were many in Navy blue or Army khaki. "How do you like your roast beef?" 
one gold braided ensign was asked. "Oh, I'll take it any way you want 
to give it to me" said he. Then he added. "In the Navy we have it thrown 
at usi" Another army veteran in a party of four spoke appreciatively of 
the turkey dinner. "That was the best meal I've had since coming home 
from the South Pacific" he said. Also dressed prettily for Easter were 
young Army and Navy wives. Even the charming Old Inn itself was further 
beautified with bright yellow jonquils and sprays of golden forsythia. 
Southerners or Northerners all would agree that Easter dau 1945, was a 
"pretty" one. 

Monday, April 2, 1945 Cloudy 

Guests danced to the strains of lovely Viennese waltzes this after- 
noon following the wedding reception and breakfast of Miss Elizabeth 
Quigg. Miss Quigg was married earlier in the day in Waltham to a tall, 
blonde Navy ensign. Their guests, numbering over one hundred, included 
several bridesmaids dressed in soft, billowy yellow tulle and the Best 
Man. Also the parents of bride and groom. After about an hour of 
dancing in the large Ball -room the bride "threw"her bouquet and the 
couple were off for a short honeymoon. 

Tuesday, April 3, 1945 Colder 

Sojourning here after the Lenten season and Easter are two 
Episco^ax clergymen. They are Rev. Gordon Bennett of Newton and 
Rev. Howard M. Lowell of New Bedford who have brought their wives to 
spend a few days away from small children and parish cares. After a 
day of reading and writing and resting, Mrs. Bennett expressed her 
appreciation this way. "I can't believe its true, thatUhere is such 
a place as this!" 

Wednesday, April 4, 1945 Cold 

Wayside Inn hostesses are often made the recipients of a little 
gift. Sometimes it is a box of candy. The other day, a frequent guest, 
Mr. Whittemore, brought two packs of playing cards. But the most 
unusual token of gratitude to be passed across the Bar, came yesterday 
from Dr. K. P. Ehn. He had telephoned from New York, made reservations 
for his wife and daughter and upon arrival wanted to show his gratitude 
for a night's lodging at this famous hostelry. After making a short 


Wednesday, April 4, 194-5 (continued; 

Speech to that effect, Dr. Ehn brought forth a tooth brush, neatly cased in 
glass and made by Squibb and Company. It seems that Dr. Ehn works in the 
dental laboratory of the Squibb Company. The hostess, of course, was 
particularly pleased with this practical gift and is anxious to try the new 
bent handle, made from plastics. 

Thursday, April 5, 1945 Cold 

Jerry Wood was a popular boy when in the Wayside School, and since 
graduating in 194-3 > his whereabouts have been followed with interest. This 
week a War Correspondent on the Western front sent a dispatch to the Boston 
Globe about Jerry. He was shot down over Germany and landed "right in the 
middle" of the Rhine River. Jerry thought sure he was a "goner". But he 
finally made the bank and got rid of his electrically heated flying suit. 
Then, after a night or two spent in a barn 'within the German lines", he 
made his way back to American Territory, dodging many Germans en route. 
Now he is again based in Engla^ji and the Correspondent adds "there is 
nothing the matter with Jerry". 

Friday, April 6, 194-5 Pleasant 

Tonight we learned from over night guest Mrs. M. Thorner, that much 
can be accomplished and hidden talents developed, when one is over sixty. 
She was speaking, in particular of her husband, who a few years before he 
died, discovered a great talent for painting. He has left six very fine 
landscapes done after he confessed to one of his teachers that "he could 
never paint". Mr. and Mrs. Thorner founded Camp Truda in Oxford, Maine. 
"Not a regular type of camp," said Mrs. Thorner, "but one which emphasizes 
the cultural things - painting, music etc." The c»mp accommodates about 
one hundred girls between the ages of six and eighteen. Mrs. Thorner 
on her way back to New Jersey after making preparations to open the camp 
for the Summer season. 

Saturday, April 7, 1945 Pleasant 

Driving fror. New York towards the Wayside Inn, one of our guests 
today picked up a Navy man who was standing by the roadside. She gave 
him a "lift" and on the way learned how one of our War Heroes feels 
upon his return home. "I was in four of the toughest c v is out 
there in the Pacific" he said, "and I haven't got a scratch on me. I 
can't believe its true and I'm so gratefu^ to be home I'll never 
complain again about anything. I'll wash dishes, make beds, hoe in the 
garden, rake the lawn or cook without a whimper." 


Sunday, April S, 194i> Very Pleasant 

The Diary is a kind of mirror uhich should reflect certain 
character! sties of the tine. This lar tiae has been reflected la the 
iuaerous oece , by Men and worsen I form t: the 

versation of our quests. But another "2igi> of the ti^es" is t 
food I kimtta The Diary hasn't recorded the i X beef iff sc rce 

or til t Dutter requires 2k red points. S^ther finds it diff \ to 
provide the family with the usual Sunday dinner. Consequently, public 
eating places are jammed. 60, today The Faysdde Inn was . Lth 

several hundred guest I sre *hat t the 

pantry shelf. 

Monday, April 9, 1945 *£&nt 

The mm tiers in the 3c r room recalled 

W days of a little old lady wl«o cane in for 'un 
She mas a gently, sweet sort of a per -he 

would newer harm a I." So, imagine :>\zr amesmwe r - »i ;g t 

the an tiers for ■ few mounts, our demure I ±ed t " 

.ers remind me of -he lest c-.r.d my at and shoot 

buffaloes myself". 

Tuesday, April I 45 Pleasant 

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Wednesday, April 11, 1945 V m 

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case over the telt Lfl aftai r 

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t our son was killed in action." 


Thursday, April U, 1945 Vsry Farm 

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of the Now ! UW Sfuseusi at Ait>any, n . 

Mrs Whitney found comfort through U-e . iter tenths by thoughts 

-heir visit to the Ion. He riussi r AU bury an£ the ray- 

tide Inn and that tovely Sertenber ! scape sever faded fro* our 
aeaory through the severe » Inter weather, now, with th* advent of an 
astonishingly early spring, Mrs f. are wiping it *ere 

possible to again travel that way." 

Friday, April 13, 1H5 very tar* 

A beautiful Spring day, a day of Kay tine tith lilac 
blostoas in bud and the feather e of tiny leaves Q&xing trie lam 

i-cape a beautiful bacign .t. T is ves 

people froa the city have an urge to Crive cut t< ;ry end the I 

for dinner* But, the gaesta were cc: us by their absence* Id 

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Sunday, April 22, 1945 Very windy - Fair 

Cold nights have prevented the lilacs from blooming until 
today when they are in their prime. Their perfume fills the house. 
In the midst of this busy day a service man appeared in the Barroom 
and we recognized Gordon Randall, another graduate of the Wayside Inn 
Boys School home on furlough. He has several decorations but he is 
most proud of the stripes which mean 37 months in the service. Gordon 
is in the Army Air Corps and most of that time was spent in the 
South pacific. 

Monday, April 23, 1945 Still Cold 

Every one feels sad today as Agnes and Lena have informed 
us that they are planning to leave the Wayside Inn. After so many 
years of loyal service they deserve a rest and change but we will 
all miss them very much. Their places will be hard to fill as no 
one else could possibly have the same interest in the work or give 
of themselves as unreservedly as these two faithful souls. 

Tuesday, April 24., 1945 Frost 

Besides the Marlboro Tuesday Club with its thirty-five 
members, we had for luncheon guests today the Stow Women's Club 
with fifty-four members present. This group had planned a very 
interesting entertainment and after luncheon all ajourned to the 
large Ball Room. To the soft strains of piano and cello, differ- 
ent ladies, dressed in old-fashioned costumes, circled the Ball 
Room. Each one stopped and told interesting facts about her 
dress, courtsied, and continued her slow walk. One wedding gown 
seventy-five years old, received loud applause. It was a lovely 
blue taffeta with hoop skirt. A quaint little old lady with black 
bonnet and shawl said, "All I know is it belonged to Aunt Mary." 

Wednesday, April 25, 1945 

A very quiet day, probably due to the inclement weather. 
Two ladies, one from New Bedford, the other fro.-n Worcester met 
here for lunch. During their friendly chat ftp the fire, one 
mentioned the fact that she had a iovejy garden once but since 
living in a hotel she missed it very much. adaired our iilacs 
and was very pleased to carry some home to liven up her room. 


Thursday, April 26, 19-45 Cloudy 

Mr end Mrs David J. Roche were married today in the Martha - 
Mary Chapel, The simple service was conducted by a Coast Guard 
Chaplain as the groom belonged to that branch of the Service. A hsad- 
some young boy with a fine baritone voice, also in Coast Guard uniform, 
sang "Because" just before the ringing of the bell which was the signal 
for the wedding march. After the ceremony the Chaplain, like a li 
boy, asked if he could ring the bell again himself. Luncheon was 
served at the Inn to just the family and one or two friends. 

Friday, April 27, 1945 Cool and Cloudy 

Mr and Mrs Jack Haytin, Mayor of Helena, Montana, were 
among the guests, today. The chauffeur, a man from the Bethlehem 
Steel Company give their secret away. Mrs Haytin is going to launch 
a ship named "H&Lena* tomorrow in honor of the one that sank. 

Saturday, April 28, 1945 

Hardly a day goes by but that some one remarks upon the 
cleanliness of the Inn. It does seem as if it were looking its 
best these days. The pewter glows with a new lustre, and every 
bit of brass sparkles, the curtains are crisp and snowy *hite and 
all the furniture has been rubbed to bring xe old pa tin- . 
People notice the hooked rugs more and tonight Mrs. Bowker brought 
a friend •specially to see them and get ideas. They are both 
expert hookers. 

Week of April 29 - May 5, 1945 

Sunday, April 29, 1945 Rain 

For the first time in quite awhile lobster was listed on 
the menu. It was served broiled live and looked very attractive 
oa the hot dinner plates. It was almost as popular as Roast Beef 
and is were requested to have It as often as possible. In these 
days of meat shortages we depend more and more upon eggs and fish, 
netimes an omelette appears on the menu and usually two kinds of 
fish are served each day. We appreciate the humbler things no*> 
and are very glad to be able to get them. 

Monday, April 30, 1945 Rain 

This evening Mr Philip gave a party for one of bis 
employees who was leaving him after working for a period of twenty- 
five year^. He is in the Greeting Card business and the t&bles 
were most attractively decorated with May ba^ketr-. Thirty-aeven 
people, all employees, were present and he was much surprised by 
the presentation of a cake at the end of the dinner, dressed up 
with lighted candles and 25th Anniversary written in colored icing. 
Mrs Purdy entertained her mother and father at a Luncheon today, 
to commemorate their Fifty-fifth Wedding Anniversary. 

Tuesday, May 1, 1945 Cloucly 

On the upper road just opposite the Inn is an oak tree 
which i? centuries old. The men have been cutting away the under 
brurh so that it can be seen. They say it is older than any of 
those in front of the Inn which Agassi z is known to have said were 
about 1000 years old. 

?'ednesday, May 2, 1945 Cloudy 

Dainty assorted sandwiches and hot tea were served this 
afternoon to forty- three members of the Sudbury Women's Club • 
gathered here for their annual meeting. The day was cold and 
cloudy, but several bright corsages added color to the occasion 
and guests felt very much at home. All are Wayside Inn neighbors 
and many were mothers of Wayside Inn school children. 

Thursday, May 3, 1945 

There are a few people in the United States who collect, 
as a hobby, early automobile . Mr J B VanSciver of Philadelphia 
is one such collector, and last evening, after registering as an 
overnight guest, entertained us with pictures of his twenty-t 

leek of April 29 - May 5, 1945 

models. A 1903 Pierce Arrow was shown and a Columbia Fringed Top 
Surrey of the 1900 era. Br VanSciver has several rear entrance 
cars including a 1903 Ford, 1903 Stanley steamer, 1901 T/inton, 
1903 Jones Corbin, 1903 Rambler, 1899 Locomobile Steamer, Colunbia 
Electric Victoria 1902, Reo 1904, DeDion 1900. 

Friday, Say 4, 1945 Cloudy 

A new hostess joined the staff today, Mrs Perley C White 
of Claremont, Hew Hampshire. Mrs White came down to Boston to 
"Grey Lady" work for the Red Cross and lias since oeen in the Diets?? 
at the Mass. General Hospital. She came as a guest to the Inn 
several occasions and finally, after making inquiries, decided she 
would like to make her home here. 

Saturday, May 5, 1945 Cloudy 

Sir Wilfred Greenfell, the great Laborador missionary, 
was a frequent guest at the Inn during the last few months of his 
life. At that time he was living in Boston with Lady Greenfell - 
enjoyed coming to the Inn for afternoon tee. 

roacbing, it is well to remember one sentence, written by 
Sir Grenfell "Not until we can love all races, al so-call 
nationalities as Christ loved th— t are we on the road to Peace 
on Earth. 


Sunday, May 6, 1945 Cloudy 

Among others coining to the Bar to pay for their dinner, two ladies 
seemed to be a little more enthusiastic about everythi oestions in 

a very pronounced English accent. It seems they we M Aug trail 

advised by son one out there to come to the Fay side Inn. Thi~ person oen 

to the Inn and had evidently :poken well of it. The ladies said they were not. at 
all disappointed and were delighted that they had taken their friend's advice. 

Monday, May 7, 194-5 ra 

Little Peter Lippard, aged three, said when leaving, "It's nice here, 
but where's the kitchen sink?" P quite satisfied when our eopper- 

lir dc in the flower room. 

hool teoya often come to the In;; .inner heir parent,;--. Wa 

always kno* the boys from ft. Mark's by their broad pronunciations. They 
really interested in the house and today, one M 
out in the old kitchen, "Well, these beams accentuate the positive" all right. 

The Phelps children have always bee-. teat and very 1 - od 

visitor.". Now that their mother I the Inn ti r even Bore oft; 

although they Live two or three Biles avsay. Chau 

day sad was telling his mother that as he was walking along Duct , some- 

thing fell behind him— and Mother, he added "If I had be&a three ad 

myse'f it vouli have hit me." 

Tuesday, May 8 f 1945 Fair and Wana 

V E Day 

Last night Mr. and Mrs. Mc Curdy were sitting tad talking mr 
Hou«e Guests by the Bar room fireplace. During a pause in the convercati r. 
McCurdy called our attention to the fire where two ^e burning in r- 
fect 7. Talk of victory has been in the air lately 30 this seemed a good omen. 
Peace in Europe was declared at 9*00 A.M. this 

who furnished the radio, we were able to 1 zo the actual announcement by 
President Truman and a 'eech from Prime 
audience had gathered in the 3ar room from different parts of tfc te and a" 

t it had been t a, the speeches 

Banner and at 11:30 all were invi-. .. the Che}.. 

excercises were held. Miss Flshar played at the Organ and the Bj ore in 
keeping v.ith the day. 

Wednesday, Bay 9, 1945 Rain 

Hiss Hersey, a resident of Boston, and now living at the ndish 
Hotel, to of her early memories of the Wayside Inn. ow over eighty 

but distinctly remembers her bicycle trips from Cambridge fc in the 

Gay Ninties. rode over dusty, f roadr glad of 

the re; raft* • haent offered at the Inn. I her bicy 

inner tabes in the tires. 


Thursday, *<ay 10, 194-5 Rain 

Sirs. Leonard, our nev, hostess, has a little boy, Francis, Jr., I 
and a half years old. Not having to go to school thd .aid 

the day with us. He told Mr. Coulter h '♦Doris's little boy" and enjoyed 
his visit very such > including the baby lamo*-. He vas a visitor at the Mary 
Lamb -chool for the whole morning and it was an experienc he he 111 
be repeated. ,ope Frcnci-- till c ;rae fee -ee w ^gain soon, as every 
liked him ani he was easily entertained. 

Friday, May 11, 1945 n 

We had a most pleasan ri e tonight at Dancing ( .hen Bill 
Cummiii ;eared unexpectedly. It tma good to -ee him after his three yea- 
overseas. He i" in the Air Cor xve of. . 

citation, the heart :nd two a— Amlt for outstanding flying. Mr- 
was | the way he uanced that he asked Bill to re 

all mi t * erfect dancing". The couple received loud 

use vrhen the music stopped. "?.e are hoping Bill can be -t in 

any event, he and I tner of the waltz, are to be marr. 

Saturday, ?<ay 12, 1945 Re, 

Two young ladies: "T&iat ir. this room?" 

Hor "The old bell room". 

thereupon the young ladier exclaimed in mil. where ette 

danced?" And they begm twirling themselves around the room, to be 
dancing on the same floor that the great General b on. 


Sunday, May 13, 1945 Rain 


Mother's day 1 very cloudy --and cold -but the cheery fire t ; 
had been started earlier in the moral] so comforting. r. and Mrs. Piei 
our Guests were very qui j njoying the Sun- 1 ly papei nd the Hot as 
busy putting the day's work in order. Two young . leutenanta and their wlv 
were sitting on the settle and before we knew it, marshmallon 
on the ends of fork-shaped branches. Our guests starts rrive by t 
o'clock noon and each group, I am sure, had one and two Mothers to be dined and 
entertained on this special occasion. Flowery hats and lovely corsages br | 
the day and Mother's Day ended at the Inn. 

Monday, May 14, 1945 Cloudy 

The Acton Garden Club descended on us for lunch, after a pilgrimage to 
Mr. Curtis 's lovely wild-flower garden. The delicious puncheon at the Wayside 
Inn added to the eventful day. 

Tuesday, May 15, 1945 Fair 

A beautiful day, windy and fair. Distinguished guests for Luncheon 
included the members of the Maiden Red Cross Motor Corps. The sixteen guests were 
taken on a tour of the House and were most interested and appreciative. 

Wednesday, May 16, 1945 Rain 

You, no doubt,, have heard of the painter who painted hims into 
a corner and couldn't get out! Another to this litt ... about this 
evening. The Old Dining Room floor had just been freshly painted, but guest- 
served on the porch as usual. A group of geni -ion Growers were having 
dinner there in late afternnon which soon changed to night -the porch light 

L _ch could be reached only by crossing the y paj Lning room floor, 
what to do? Miss Staples finally came to the rescue with the idea of . ..-' 
over which she lightly tripped to the switch and light ^ain on the porch! 

Thursday, May 17, 1945 Cloudy 

We have discovered a Mother Robin nesting in the shrubbery outsi 
bay window of the old dining-room. She is so trusting and confident. We certainly 

her neighborliness. Mother Robin is o near that we can look her squ- 
in the eye. Wonder what she thinks! 


Friday, May 13, 19-45 


The y dancing class was honored to-night by the presence of 
Stexgent Gerald Wood, paratrooper, who has returned to this country after - 
arduous campaign in Europe. Sgt. Wood was shot down, escaped from his plane 
and landed in the Rhine river behind German lines. His adventures from then 
on read like a story book. Sgt. Wood is a Sudbury man and a Wayside Inn Boy's 
School graduate. 

Saturday, May 19, 19A5 


Distinguished guests for to-day included Dr. and Mrs. Napier of 
London and their guest Dr. Rau of Bengal, India. Major General Goodman had 
dinner v;ith a guest and caused a little excitement amongst the service 
who were dining, and one by one they came over to the Bar to quietly r 

-) is the Major General in the Dining room.? Tomorrow, Sunday May 20th is 
"I Am An American Day" I wonder what great event wil j then.'' 


Sunday, May 20, 1945 Fa i r and Lovely 


Not only the sun, but babies came to visit us today via baskets, arms 
and little feet and so well-behaved. The Front door was invitingly opened as 
the day was the first sunny day we had had in quite a while. The Dinner was, as 
usual, delicious, and guests repeatedly cane up to the Hostesses to co- * nt 
the Inn. 

Monday, May 21, 1945 Sunny 

Another of the very few sunny days we have had this month. We appreciate 
it very much, and even 'Jim' our old white horse is kicking up his heels over in the 
meadow and swishing his tail out of pure joy at being released from his dark winter 
quarters. Mrs. Whiting from the Cambridge School brought her group of seventh 
graders and they, too, enjoyed the sunshine and freedom of the country, but quieted 
down to come in and see the house and later to have their lunch. 

Tuesday, May 22, 1945 Fair and Warm 

A May 19th issue of the Boston Globe arrived by mail today and on the front 
page is the name Bill Cash signed to an article about Sgt. Jerry Wood. Bill is a 
Wayside Inn Boy School graduate and has appeared many times in the Diary as he has 
progressed in his newspaper career. We are very proud of his latest achievement. 
Jerry Wood is also a Wayside Inn Boy School graduate and was written up in a recent 
Diary as the boy who dropped by parachute into the middle of the Rhine. His exploits 
won ftim the title of "Evader" and a sixty-day furlough. These two boys are among 
the finest the school has produced. 

Wednesday, May 23, 1945 High Winds 

Forget-me-nots graced our tables today., the only flower that could be found. 
In spite of a springlike March which forced a great many blossoms ahead of time, we now 
have a late spring due to the cold and sunless May. And "very cold" is the prediction 
for tonight. The war came very close to us last evening when the Chief of Police came 
in and informed two house guests Mr. and Mrs. Lord, that their son had been killed in 
action. There is little one can do or say at such a time to lessen such grief. Life 
has to go on just the same and a merry party of employees from Grover Cronin's store in 
Waltham were entertained until late in the evening. 

Thursday, May 24, 1945 Sunny 

The medical profession is very well represented among our visitors, and the 
Doctors and Nurses are most enthusiastic and interested in the house. One Doctor, on 
his way back to California, said he had to have one more trip to the Wayside Inn before 
he left as this was one of his favorite places. Tonight four army nurses came to 
dinner. They were all officers. Major Aikens ' jut.Col Taylor - Capt.McKimin and 
Lieut. Allen. 



Friday, May 25, ^945 fair 

So many inquiries come to us froin our jiusts "What is t: 
flowering tr.0; at the right of the Inn doorway;" Mr. Davio, r, 

informs us that the trej is "An English Hawntorne Tree". The grass is a lov 3 
bright healthy co^or and th? boys io a ^ov?_y o ob in | Lng it trimmed and cut. 

Saturday, May 26, 19A5 Cl.o 3 

Mrs. Edith Hutchinson Carpenter was a Luncheon guest this noon. She is 
the daughter of James A. Hutchinson, a partner of Barnum and Bailey Circus. 
Mrs. Hutchinson waBted to see a poster at our Country Stor. vith her father's 
picture on it. It was found hanging on th . Her father was instrument-. 
in getting Jumbo. Jumbo^the largest elephant in captivity. Jumbo was Killed by 
a train, trying to save her own baby exe^hant from being run over. Mrs. Hutchinson 
Carpenter has one of the three pieces of ivory taken from the elephant's tusks. 

MISSING MAY 27, 1945-JUNE 9, 1945 



Sunday, June 10, 194-5 Cloudy 

"Sunday at the Wayside Inn" is the enjoyable way to spend 
a day - as the personnel of the Inn knows t Mr. Sabin, an elderly 
gentleman whispered "My mother and father spent their honeymoon 
here", and Mr and Mrs Walker enjoyed their tenth wedding anniverr 
The little lambs across the way, received their full share of 
attention and "baa-ed" contentedly. 

Monday, June 11, 1945 Cloudy with showers 

The weather might be April with its daily round of clouds, 
sunshine, and intermittent showers. A terrific storm hit us at 
th© six o* clock dinner hour. A party of ministers and their wires 
arrived from Boston at the height of the downpour. Dampened but not 
daunted, they were in excellent spirits at theprospect of enjoying 
Wayside hospitality. Invitations are out for the wedding of Lieut. 
Allan Durgln and Mies Shirley Hartwell, who are to be married at 
Martha Mary Chapel on Sunday,. June 24th. Lt. Durgin is a Wayside 
graduate and has lately returned froa active combat with the Air 
Corps in Italy. 

Tuesday, June 12, 1945 Ve 

A beautifully decorated Ballroom greeted guests who arrived 
at the annual Wayside Inn Boys School Commencement Ball. earners 
of red, white and blue and skillfully wrought lettering nade for a 
most interesting effect. Mr. Haynes the genial dancing Master, 
congratulated the committee in charge and called for its members to 
take a bow. 

Wednesday, June 13, 1945 Very Warm 

The Boys School Banquet - Over 200 boys, teachers, rela- 
tives and friends partook of the Annual Banquet sponsored by the 
Boys School. A distinguished guest for Luncheon today was v. 
Mr. Fraxier of Providence. Mr. Fraaier is one of the "Praters" 
who come annually to the Wayside Inn for a retreat in January. 

Thursday, June 14? 1945 Verj r , very, warm 

Graduation exercises st Chapel. e chapel was well filled 
with relatives and friends of Wayside School ar.d its gr&duatet 
1945- Ch-rles Richard Webb ael Tresco received their certif- 
icates as did six other graduates "in absentia". 


Friday, June 15, 1945 Very Baft 

Today has had a cosmopolitan flavor in a way. ^as 
Burchell and Doran from Surrey and Cornwall, England. Wrens 
Peggy Wingate and Janet Wevely from Ottawa, Canada, Charles E» 
Estes from Robert College, Istanbul, Turkey, and $en Lan Pao is 
the wife of a dentist who is practicing in the raid-west. Sn-3 teach Chinese at an Army base in Colorado '"or the summer. 
Mae. Lan Pao, a striking figure in her native dress, made a 
delightful tour of Wayside - exclaiming over M r that' with 
absorbing interest. 

Saturday, June 16, 194-5 Cloudy 

a little story w&s related to us today about a Revet 
*el]}. A long tide ago, Bev. Sells wa. rift by a Mr Paine to 
come to Saltham and take charge of a certain church. One 
inducements offered, was that a coach driven by two hor. 9ttld 
be at the Reverend's comraana, so that he could drive to the Way- 
side Inn whenever he desired. Mr ana Mrs Bowker arrived, just 
laden with roses^and the Inn was transformed. 



\ /*** 

Week of June 17 to June 23 


Sunday, June 17, 1945 

About two hundred neT; »i ed to our Que 

Regi t^r today. The I leaf m ook at ai to 

fc« One gentlem- ^s bill en 

cbl -e the Beef, *0h, no" : . , ""but vse 

>ar Dii -i." "Well f " our 

,, "I c funni. other 

it v>as printed — •Mary h.<d a little lamb a I *5 ad one too." 

Monday, June 18, 1945 Hot 

Mrs. Phelps hae ited ue v.ith an interesting old 

of Pudbury. In it ar-' the old in :er 

Gar aouse which in the fo\ There is alro a 

picture ^ury, 

key h one aay locate the Wayside Inn. 

Tuesday, June 19, 1945 Very Hot 

'rs. L, .la, m • Way- 

side Inn today. Mr. Fennel, v. 

American Aii*vrays, has n. 

er of Wai 
tguiahec at ?/a; 

the • of th 

, June V + 5 In 

A of 38 you 

of che BeJ re risi 

After Luncheon they Bade a tour of th e. A 

of the party, who had brought her 

Thursday, June . 45 

t, always 

it war a Chinese Lock of 

. on the b r 
it. .ally i 

- like ev. ;g else Chinese-backyards, 

knew the ■ ilea" corabin I 

him at th .rols. 


Friday, June 22, 194-5 lr 

Hr. ■ i. John 
fo-' al day i, left for I :. the -ak 

ng. B -n excite 

ni / wait to be on their way. Reason: Lt. 

John Rich, Jr. had arrived Thursday on the "Queen Mary", ax 


Saturday, June 23, 194-5 

wi' 6 wi:h to ee to do 

both. Among the i 


Mrs. Arnold bad *? 

to take her 

trips are such el lie ir« 

joy ou . ties as y 

ngfellow's "Tales of -de Inn", wo i bed 

Ole Bull's Concert programs. T am a grc 

01? Bull for my hu 's grandfather fas ' Li's ace .•.* 

This from rown of St. Louis, Mo. i?ho i i a to tell of a c 

at during one o, 
Balaei t. It 

his violin 
Anyone w ?rhat a ^1 

so grateful tc 


•/iolin . med one of thea 

the lovely B :'., "Ad <«. At the c 
excited an 3*s such a lump in aiy throac! I can't help it 
dering if this is the violin that grandfather Knew .oved." 


Sunday, June H, 1945 Fair-Varm 

Lt. Allen Durgin, USAAF, just returned from 2 years of 
service in Italy, was married today at the Marth-M&i el to 

;iirley Harwell in. 

Allen, who has bean m recently, gr 

m Boys' c cho to 

the last detail, and is the first of *ou I* to be married 

in the Chapel. It setraed quite ar: 

the candles and arr flowers bluo and yelior and white 

just before the bri Rever 'Iborc 

peri' rated 

uay before graduating the school. 

the Alter, *0h Perfect Love" was sting very 3of tiy b; Belen 


Later in the Old Ball che In:.. / friends 

gathered to greet the bride and groom. A simple bouffet tea l 

ved and then showers of confetcd, the 
All ey, standing in the ay of the Chap? .he 


add to our amazement, rce think Allen I .hy 

to be his wife. 

leek of June 24 to June 30 

Sunday, June 24, 1945 Pleas wit 

Amateur photographers be** been very busy all afternoon, 
photographing the Inn, the lambs, and groups o ne guests 

were joyiul and arrived in small and 1 rge groups. The Sunc er 
arrangements were, as usual, daintily arrat; . aouse 
very neat ani gay, 

Monday, June 25, 1 Cloudy 

ur writer had, an interview th interest, r.hen 
correspondent Royal Arch Gunnison came to Way:- i as a 
Monday night. His thrilling account of -Life as a prisoner of t 
Japs in Mani s anxiety about his '> o was 
him an. -i to Java, hlji associations reneral McArthur in. "=- 
Manila in 1941, and was also the man at the •■ijce* on the libera- 
tion broadcast in February 1945. Mr. Gunnison has written a bo a 
"So Sorry, No Peace", and is vacationing in the last after having 
;-r8d the San Francisco Conference. 

Tuesday, June 26, 1945 Windy 

A hurricane is threatening. Very stroc iaah the 
tree? and bow the sh: ^ . Mr. H. A. Pice of the U. ". 
Secret Service, Boston Office, and Ire* Fice v are at ihe 1 
to spend their thirtieth . miversary. ': , ice is a 

aeon 1 Rice, one of the first -et tiers of Pud- 
bury. Mr. Rice gave us an Interesting interview on che tork 
Secret "ervice, asociation v.ibl. ; y* 

for vdiic} rote the script. This film national, and had 
been responsible in party for a 97* drop in count in a 
little over five years. 

lesday, June 27, 1945 :dy 

A modern version of "Uncle Sen" in the fie ith 

us Wednesday night. Lt. Krueger of Quonset Point, ft. I. ow 

through ew orway and tele? f over the bur to ask if 

we without footboards. that tl £ 

*01e 3ull" had such a che Lieutenant a 

to it. Lt. of the 

to be curious, we asked him how tall he was. 8ix feet five and one 
half in h c. 

Thursday, June 28, 1945 Beautiful Day 

Prof. Auer, of Harvaro. University, a dist ted 
dinner guest on Thursday. s from Holland, 

the party enjoyed the ho: z.ty of Wayside Inn to the- it. 

' - 

Week of June 2U to June 30 

Friday, June 29, 194-5 Very Hot 

Today we .ad to welcome again, Miss Hary Earlc 
er. 11*8 Gould is ihority on Early American wooden ware, 
and has written a book thus titled. A copy of thi3 book 
Inn Library, nd we find it one of the 210 st informative xis oa 
Early Americana. 

3atnr£ay« June 30, 194-5 

Mr. Kornfel ::is twenty-seven club me.. were guests 
at dinner. The Minutes v/ere reed, and iittl were 


i I 



Week of July 1 to July 7 

Sunday. July 1. 1945 Item 

Another busy Sunday! Over 300 guests were served and the 
beautiful weather brought many sightseers as well. Mr, Peppejohn 
and his party of 14 thoroughly enjoyed both dinner and sightseeing. 
They spent practieally the whole day here, in and out of the house. 
He is a frequent visitor and knows the antiques and their history, 
and at intervals through the day coul.. bo -een explaining ti& corn 
shell er or the clock spit to a group of admiring Peppe Johns—— big 
and little. 

Monday. July 2. 1945 very Hot 

One hundred and twenty-five associates of* the Equitable 
Life Insurance Company of 3oston, at down to a bounteous dinner at 
Wayside Inn this evening. Afterward?, square dancing was enjoyed in 
the Ballroom, with dancing master Haynes, in charge. All reported 
a delightful tine* 

Tuesday. July 3. 1945 Hot 

Early this morning one of the old coaches was brought 
out and inspected in preparation for its eritry in the Fourth of 
July parade at Sudbury. Four ladies in contuses of Colonial Gays 
will ride in the coach, and lilr. Arthur Babeock, also in costume, 
will drive the nice pair of bays. 

Eddie Thompkins, uVS.N, and a Wayside Inn Boys 1 School 
graduate, was here today to say "hello", and to renew old acquain- 

Wednesday. July 4. 1945 Perfect Day 

The glorious Fourth has dawned fair and bright. Many 
guests are registered and Wayside Inn bears an air of festivity. 
A nice menu with roast beef and broilers tempts the appetite—- 
we were going to say— -of oven the most jaded, but nobody has a 
Jaded appetite these days. 

Towards mid-afternoon an air of expectancy pervades the 
place. Something seems about to happen! All at once the grounds 
are full of people. They file out of the Inn; pour out of cars. 
A man with a camera dashes up to the best vantage point at the Inn 
door-way. Aht here they are! This is what we*ve been waiting for. 

The stage coach comes rolling up the urive, m tantly 

we are transported back a century and rj re. everything seems so 
natural and fitting. The smooth dirt road, the majestic olu trees, 
the lovely green lawns, the coach moving through the perfect setting 
to the old, old Inn itself. 


Week of July 1 to July 7 



July 4. 1945 Continued 

five Colonial dame* gowned in colorful costumes of the 
period, emerge from the ancient vehicle as toe door is opened* 
Looking closer, however, tre realize that this is 1945 after all, 
and that the gracious ladies, who were passengers in the coach, 
are none other than mesdamesj Purdy, Sturtevant, Bo wen, Raym-. nd, 
and Wall. 

We should like to mention in passing that this group 
won secona prise in toe Sudbury parade, aead that the Wayside Inn 
Boys* School float received first honors* 

Thursday. July 5^- 1.945 Fair and Warm 

Luncheon guest-- today included a group of wives of well 
known men. Mrs* Leonard, hostess to a party of four, is the wife 
of the head of the Pepperell Mills* Mrs* Gossett, who*e husband 
heads the Gossett rayon mills in Charlotte, N. C* bought many many 
postcards of the lovely Inn scenes. This party also included Mrs. 
Max Gardner of R* C, and Mrs* Walter George of Washington, D. C. 
whose husband is Senator George* 

Friday* July 6. 1945 Nice Summer Day 

Mrs* Barbara Dobson of California, was a luncheon guest 
today* Later, as we wsndered through the Inn *on tour*, Mrs* Dobson 
gave us an interesting Washington incident connected with her own 
family* It seems that when Cornwallis surrendered at Jorktown, Mrs. 
Dobson* s great, great grandfather, Major General Benjamin Lincoln 
was delegated to receive the Britisher *s sword. Although General 
Washington was present at the ceremony, military ethics prevented 
him from accepting Cornwallis* sword because of his superior rank* 

Saturday. July 7, 1945 Warm 

After much uncertainty as to the arrival of the bridegroom, 
the date of VX»§ Black* s wedding «aa finally scheduled to take place 
today in the ltartha-«ary Chapel* P.F.C* Donald L. Gushing arrived 
from England on the Queen Stary just a few days ago. Upon seeing the 
Chapel, he said he thought it had been built just for his wedding- 
it just suited him. The ceremony was a simple on* and over 70 guests 
had tea afterwards in the large dining room at the Inn. The day 
was so lovely, the bride and groom received their friends on the 
lawn beside the Inn— -a lovely setting for the weduing party and 
many photographers took advantage of it. 


Week of July 3 to July 14 

Sunday. July 8. 1945 Fair 

The register shoved today among other in tares ting sig- 
natures, the names of Lt. Col* Rebous seau, Lt. J. Bared and Andre 
P. Moupain, all from Paris, France. "And it w~n't be long* said 
a visitor, "before people will be signing from Bombay and the Far 


Carolyn Jobes, aged twelve, asked today if she could be 
Of any assistance to us—so, while mother and daddy and grandmother 
went out to see the garden, Carolyn "helped" us at the Bar. She 
is a very quiet, lovely child and no bother at all and was very 
reluctant to go home* 

Monday. July 9. 1945 farm 

We had the pleasure this evening of meeting Lt. John S. 
Rich, Jr., the young officer about whom we wrote a week or so ago. 
Lt. Rich's parents, una are of his return so soon, were combining 
a business and pleasure trip in this neighborhood, making Wayside 
Inn their headquarters. When the call came from Lt* Rich, who had 
returned on the Queen Mary, Mr. end Mrs. Rich Sr» dropped every- 
thing to get back to Connecticut as soon as possible. Tonight, 
Mr* Rich has returned to resume his business negotiations. 

Tuesday. July 10. 1945 Cool 

Mr* and Mrs. Albert Harthan of Lynn, have come for sev- 
eral day's st&y* The Harthan* s iove Wayside Inn and come here at 
every opportunity. They spent their honeymoon here five years ago, 
and have come for every possible anniversary since* This little 
outing, however, is in the nature of a farewell, for Mr. Harthan 
will enter the armed forces in a few days. 

Wednesday. July 11. 1945 Warm 

The red barn across the road from the Inn, is getting a 
new ■bonnet" although the carpenters say it's just a shingling job. 
Very becoming, we'd say. 

Thursday. July 12, \%$ Warmer 

A very nice and somewhat touching incident came to our 
attention today. Two ladies, one "his" mother and the "his* wife, 
came to the bar to order luncheon. They informed us that they were 
celebrating •his" birthday, an. had chosen Wayside Inn as the proper 
place. Later, they wrote a "company" letter to "him", in which they 
mentioned the interesting things they had ^&en and the nice luncheon 
they had enjoyed. They posted in our mail box the loving and newsy 
letter to Lt. Hall, who is somewhere in the Southwest Pacific. 

waisibe inn Diiar 

Week of July 8 to July 14 



Friday. July 13. 1945 Fair 

We think Friday consistently, week in and week out* 
is the most difficult day about which to write. We do^t know 
why this is so but there just never seeas to be any news on that 
day. Friday almost always sees a pick-up in reservations in pre- 
paration for Sunday and the weekend, and this Friday is no ex- 
ception to that rule. Oh, yes, this particular day is Friday, 
the 13th» As somebody has said, *Nc news is good news,* 

Saturday, July 14* 1945 Very Warm 

Two people who are working on unusual and worthwhile 
projects are Mr* and Mrs. Llewllyn Jones of Cambridge, who had 
luncheon here today. Mr. Jones is working on a translation from 
the Danish, of the lives of Scandinavian patriots. His book in- 
volves considerable research an" will have a definite value in 
post war planning as related to ci*afts and industries. 

Mrs. Jones is a student of the Japanese language, and 
has collaborated tdth others in assembling material for a text 
book for governmental use. Mrs. Jones speaks Japanese fluently, 
and to hear her describe the old kitchen in Japanese is quite an 

Week of July 15 to 22 

Sunday. July 15 Rein 

Quite a few Chinese people visit the Inn and sometimes the 
women come in their native dress. It is so picturesque end seems to 
suit them so well. The sen always wear American dress thereby losing 
some of their individuality* Today Mr. S. Hi Han of Shensi, China, 
came to dinner with a guide from Boston. A man of great personal 
charm and we could not help but wish that Mr* Han had worn the dress 
of bis own country- He is connected with the mar East Department of 
the Metropolitan Museum in New lark, and deals with things thousands 
of years old* Still, he was very much interested in our "young* an- 
tiques, especially the pipe tongs and the tinder box which they still 
use in China. 

Monday. July 16 Rainy 

Br. Kenneth warren and Mrs. Warren of Newton were dinner guests 
tonight. Br* Warren is at present on the staff at the Leahy clinic in 
Boston, but was previously for a number of years in a similar capacity 
at the Ford Hospital in Detroit* Dr. Warren remembered, and inquired for 
one of our former associates, Emma Modjeska, who was a patient for a 
time at the Ford Hospital. 

Tuesday. July 17 Rain 

Twenty seven members of the "Two Center" community camp in 
Newton, called on us this afternoon. They were girls ranging in age 
from ten to fourteen years. Two camp counselors who knew the story 
of Wayside Inn from start to finish, were in charge of this quiet, well 
behaved group of youngsters. 

From Cashing General Hospital at Framinghera came six members 
of the W.A.C. who ^ere our visitors today. The young momen r.ere con- 
ducted on a tour through the Inn, and were interested enough to ask 
many questions* 

Wednesday. July IS Cloudy 

Twenty-five of the ladies who live at the 3allou Home for 
Aged in Woonsocket, R. I. were luncheon guests today. Ranging in age 
from fifty to ninety— four years, they amused themselves variously, 
according to their strength and inclination. Some chose to take the 
tour about the house and grounds, while others were content to sit 
about and chat. As a tribute to the very oldest member of the group, 
aged ninety-four years, one of the other ladies said that she was, 
"smarter, than all the rest put together." The ladies attend Dr. 
Ellenwoods's church in Pa* tucket frequently, and they were much in- 
terested to learn that Wayside Inn is the spot where the "Praters" 
have their annual retreat in January. 



Week of July 15 to 22 



Thursday. July 19 Shower* 

Mrs. Sarah A. Brink of River Forest, Illinois was & lun- 
cheon guest today. The Hessian andirons interested her, and she 
recalled a favorite expression of her grandmother's, *He»s as bed 
as a Hessian** 

Major and Mrs. Anderson of Belmont, entertained at lun- 
cheon for ten guests t#day. Mrs, inderson is a member of the U. S. 
Marine Corps. Auxiliary. 

Friday. Jul? 20 Thunder Showers 

Corn meal is being ground at the old mill again, and to- 
day marked the first day of its sale. Mrs. Purdy was the first 
customer. She purchased a five pound bag of corn meal. Whole 
wheat is also ready to be sifted for flour. 

Dinner was served this evening to a group of Harvard Pro- 
fessors who had for their guests of honor, Col» Stot* and Com. Mun- 
dorff, both identified with the officer training course in Electronics 
and Radar. For a few interesting "group statistics* there were pre- 
sent eighty Harvard professors and Army and Navy officers. Their 
native Included Georgia, Texas, Wyoming, Wisconsin, North 
Carolina, Louisiana, Rhode Island asid Maine. There vrere also two 
from China and one from Sweden. Square dancing was enjoyed after the 
dinner party* 

Saturday. July 21 Showers 

George Pearson, poet, and Gray Line Guide came to see us 
this evening. We talked about old times when he used to come on 
the busses bringing hundreds of people to see the house and have 
luncheon almost every day, George now drives a horse through the 
streets of Boston. He still tells his funny stories and historical 
anecdotes to smaller, but just as interested, groups of people. 
We are planning to take the trip ourselves scon to catch up on our 
Boston lore* 



Week of July 22 to 29, 1945 

Sunday. July 22 Fair and Cool 

Joe Beffernan, Wayside Inn Boys School graduate, on a thirty 
day furlough, came to see us today. He seemed nervous .snd restless 
like all the boys who come bac spoke feelingly of •his buddie* * 

who weren't as lucry as he was. Just before entering the service, 
Joe fa rfc • a class in old fashioned di Me in 

Maine and hopes to bring febeee boys awl girl? here to =ee the Inn 

Monday. July 23 Pleasant 

Mr. and rfrs. Peter C-aamartino of East Ruth , New Jersey 

were overnight guests recently. All our rooms were takes but they 
seemed so anxious to stay that we gave them the Parson's room with 
its canopied bed. Mr. Pammartino is President of a college and war 
to bring some of his rtadesti to the Inn in the fall. acinar t 

got o*:t cards to si ^.-ped writing to exci^ir, 

■Why, there oerds were printed by rome neighbors of ours in Z 
lerford, New Jersey. * 

Tuesday, July 2L I IBM 

Perhaps this is as good a fciai any to mention the wai- 

tresses, old and new. They are a very impc I the house- 

hold and people re: .oout each one now m in 

their new uniforms they have looked exceptionally well. Although 
sorse of the "extras* are quite young and inexperienced, they . 
learning fast under Mrs. Kingman's able direc 

Wednesday, July 25 Pleasant 

Coming across the c ntiuent from California for the 
l since 1916, Louis Knott Soemt* arrived el the Inn on a r. . 
evening quite unexpected yj unexpeetc c us as well as for him- 

self. Professor of Colonial History at the Univer ity of California, 
Br« Koontz had, of course, hear l she Wayside Inn. But he 

never visited it. Too, onts's vrife, Ruth 3ei: tz, is a 

descendant of the Howes. This evening while riding in a bus, a feliisw 
passenger remarked to ' : . ontz that the bus was about to Lhe 

Wayside Inn. ttr« Koontz signaled the driver. "Let M ott here J" he 
called. The resu.t ai a rare treat for us; en tor Wining thi. 
tinguished guest who has majored in Colonial History all his life 
and who is en authority on George Washington. Washington items in 
the Inn were of special interest; che cheek made out to Joseph Gal - 
oway by G. Washington, &he Cincinnati Society membership certificate 
signed by its first President, a railitary order written at the time 
of the Revoluti ri a very fine portrait of "The r of this 


wayside nor 

Week of July 22-29, 1945 


Thursda . July 26 Pleasant 

Another Wayside school boy just back from oversea? waa a 
recent visitor renewing old friendships and associati ns. He was 
Sherwoou Elder of the Navy, Elder flew across country from Cali- 
fornia, and reported a ship-to^ship greeting with a Wayside school 
mate, Caraino Longhi. Flder, on ; : p "Wai - 

ened to catch the eye of longhi as their shins passe -vmere in 
the Pacific, 

Friday. July 27 Vera 

Rev. William km Knight of FraaingluuB Center took tiate out 
froa his editorial writing today to have lunch at the Inn with his 
wife, 'laughter and son-in-law. "But, I smsb hurry hone to tell the 
World what I think of the British eleetio* and the defeat, of Church- 
ill, * he raid laughingly as he sti country 
braised beef. saving, Mr. Knight playfully licked his eho 
as he spoke of the beef and said he would remember it for a long time 
to coae. i'hen he quoted another author -who once remarket ab.vut a 
never-to-be-forgotten mmli "Fifty years have *©a« or r aster than 
the smell of that gravy!" 

Saturday. July 28 Fair 

A Mrs. Welch of Fraainghaa came to lunch today and bold us 
she was very familiar with the Inn. When Mr, Lemon's brother was ill 
here, -he would drive Kw every day from Framing}'' am to nurse hi . 
She loved to come and never could get here fast enough; she drove 
with horse and buggy. When people cerae to ree the house, rhe 
take off her apron and show thea around. 

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Week of July 29 to August 5 

Sunday. July 29 Pleas: I L 

Hr. and r !rs. George E. "Wardrobe arrived today for a week's 
stay. This couple with the unusual name live in Bedford. Br* Ward- 
robe keeps a store in Lexington rad his v.iPe has one in Hemerviile. 
She is recuperating from an illness and came to the Inn for a breath 
of country air and a rest from business worrit 

Monday. July 30 Fair and Cool 

All our rooms are taken tonight; on unusual occurence on a 
Mondayl A family from Philadelphia has taken four rooms, ftao ladies 
from Hartford, Conn., en their way home from visiting .1st 'a 
colony at Goose Rocks, Maine, are finding pictures to .-aint ».t the 
Mill, in the garden and the Inn itself. All these, from almost any 
angle, are appealing* Three men, "'essr^. Brown, Pish and Taylor 
from New lork City, arrived quite unexpectedly) but we made room for 
them and they seemed perfectly satisfied v.ith the Parson's Room and 
a cot. 

Tuesday, July 31 Pleasant 

This morning we woke up to a world blanketed in heavy fog, 
much to the disappointment of our travelers. During the a ever, 

it cleared, the sun came out and our guests departed one by one. 

A letter fro;-. It. Allen 'urgin, mar t the 

Chapel, informs us he is to stay for awhile rid** 

training gunners and flying an armor plated bomber to be shot at ;\ith 
plastic bullets! He uer^rves this respite after Is many missions 
flora over Germany v/here he miraculously escaped the innumerable 
real bullets that came his way. 

Wednesday. August 1 Partly Cloudy 

In Summer ■shorts" and sweater, everend Howard M. Lowell, 
nou?e t^ueat, started of: for a m rning of book vrcitiag. He chose 
a pretty spot near the Mill; a restiv overlo d 

the Mill ].>ond. One by o _o the ground ana t* v .e 

writing materials lay untouched. Reverend Lowell was fast aslee . 
Near noon, slight noises disturbed him. He awoke to find f 
surrounded by sheep, nibbling on busi:ec rad I and almost nibbling 
on himl "Quite an unusual experience," .* r« LoweZl as he Ira 
ingly described this unique pastoral scene. 



Week of July 29 to August 5 



Thursday. August 2 Pleasant 

A daintily trimmed Birthday cake van placed bet ouag 

man who pat on the porch t' ■ ning, dining with three fri : 
The glow of candles lighted up th . youth's dark and pal* c Lon 
he exclaimed over the colorful frosting and neatly written wordy, 
"Happy Birthday, Bill.* Bill KM in khaki tad ti» ire 

than just a sentimental gesture in honor of his bir It was an 
expression of appreciation for his courage tatA enduran;. 
of gratitude and thankfulness fo> return after 20 months 

in a Prison camp. 

Friday. August 3 Pleasant 

Recent Gues 

J. Wiley Brewster of Newcastle., tin of 

one of the deseendents .lam Bfl '■c-Guffey. 

M. G. Prevo makes waffles in an old iro the one in 
our kitchen* Prefers them to waffles made in a raodera 

Krs. True, now eighty-one, first visited the Inn when six- 
teen years old. 

Saturday. Auiaist A Pleasant 

It is hardly necessary to explain why the hostesses have to 
be good listener?, not only part of the ti-r.e, but all L r »rou 
In the Winter, open fires with their aatttta anrl eheav i.-vite intlatata 
conversations. r ^mraertiae affords those who work in offices I 
factories a chance to get away from routine and relax. And, we find 
these Summer v.e Zionists want to talk; they are usually eeaki an 
attentive earl "truige as it may seem, most of them want to ta" 1 
about their every day work back h. mel Tonight, the problems of the 
owner of a small dry goada store were discussed aa .erday we 
learned how to publish a short book I 

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leek of August 5 to 12 


Sunday. August 5 Clear and Cool 

A romance started here at the Inn on Thanksgiving Day 1933. 
The still sentimental couple of middle age spent the night here recently 
and told us how the meeting took place in the Barroom. Mr, Chamberlain's 
■Camera Impressions of the Wayside Inn" in which was written a poem com- 
posed by the groom commemorating the occasion. He had even marked ' ith 
an arrow the picture of the very settle where she sat when they were 
introduce.! before going in to dinner. In great glee as they left the 
next day, they ?aid they had carved their initial. ■ ■:. of a 
bench over by the barn. 

Monday, August 6 Rain 

Vegetable plates lsere served today to a family of Seventh Day 
Adv&ntirtr,. Rev. and Mrs. Ralph Binrbier, 'nissionarie-r is , and 

their two small children have just returned on the Grip holm from a 
Japanese internment camp. The three long y.-.urs of suffering showed on 
the faces of all except the baby born in the t mxg 

to realize the horrors they had endur 

Tuesday t August 7 Pleaj: 

Look around the Inn on a Summer day such as this ana here ycu 
will see a nice little family from Michigan; a gh °chool 

age vitfa Mot .>.. Over in the Parlor another fami-.y of Urger 
size, four tiny tots, hand in ers. And basking in 

the sun on the front porch is a de ; -r ola ady, Grandmother so and so 
from way out West. les, fclu • the Suemer ays v;hen sightseers 
hold sway at the Inn and enjoy it — far more, perhaps, than native New 
Englanders who are inclined to take their historic buildings for 
granted. Sight -eers have not been very i^t three 

summers, but this year with the European ■ ar ver and *ith ?-J day 
just around the corner, quite a few sore have ventured forth on vaca- 
tion trips. Today was almost a typical re-war Summer day ?vith a camp 
group of about 25 yoi^ •• arriving for an eat -aing visit. 

Wednesday, August 8 Pleasant 

A young man, who appeared to b- itic? i a *o:*e 

the army insignia of a Colonel, vas a dinner guest this evening. Sele. 
if ever, have yowng a person 

and couldn't help res. ut it. But the Colon.?. i wouldn't ta k. 
He was in Normandy on V-E day and then ■ : "When you are out 

where tilings happen, you are apt to come u; by fast." 

Week of August 5 to 12, 1945 


Wedneaday , August 3 continued 

Another young man in hi? i t this time of the church, 

was a recent gue-t. fie v;as Rev. William Graham, Executive Secretary v 1 
of Touth for Christ, International on his T«ay to England, I ranee, G 
many and the i.navian countries. 

Thursday, Au^u t 9 Very Pleasant 

Our old salt dish in the Kitchen doe?n*t receive much attention. 
Host visitors don*t kno* Uuti the plain little wooden bo^l held salt and 
that it osition on the family table tv curies ago was an important, 

one. Tradition has it that people WNTi .ly table either 

icbove or below the "salt," according to their particular standing in 

i*c e. Guests always sat above the "salt." Naughty boys and 
servants sat belo-,. the "salt." fie said that bl dish was 

used in King Arthur's tirae. Hence the "round table." Kin; .:r's 

knights were all of the sane rank. How c uld they ;e seated above or 
below the -a t? 

Friday. August 10 Very Pleasant 

Bringing a bit .sore excitement to an already excit y *as 

a distinguished Luncheon , Mr. C. Bianchi, Portuguese Ambassador 

to the United States. During lun. fir. Bianchi — or should we say 

His Excel ency, Mr. Bianchi— talked by phone -filth ids ft i ff in 

•n confirming the report that J o&ed the am 

Ultimatum. And the our.iing quftstloa uppermost in Lnds of a 

came to the Inn today was finally asked by the / himself as 

he wrote his name and the date in our speciul Guest Regis tf r 

August 10, 1945 

Saturday. August 11 Fair and Warm 

V-J Day has not :irrived yet but tne air- is full I ectancy. 
People are noticecoiy happier t far off. h 

art Johnson, just retu oa two years in Iceland and one year in 
Europe, seemed especially e.tated anu glad to be hone. He just stood 
nd gaxed around the Barroom c md finally burst out, "Gee, this is is - 
derfull" Robert, a graduate of the Boys 1 School, has been discharged 
from the Army and is looking for a job. He is one of the six boys 
*ho enlisted before Pearl Harbor and .Lous to ret tie down to a existence. 

Week of August 12 to 19,1^ 

Sunday. August 12 Very hot 

Fire ministers were >voBt appreciative guests of the Inn 
today. They were full of enthusiasm and could hardly believe in 
the hospitality extended to them* One was Rev* Has 1 * ins of 
Worth Attleboro, a tfciversalist, and therefore well acquainted 
with most of the Fraters. The Institute of Pastoral Care, where 
these ministers have been studying hard for six weeks, has $vtat 
been brought to a close at the Massachusetts General Hospital. 

Monday, August 13 Still warm 

An overnight guesrt, Mrs. Bannenhower, before leaving this 
morning, stopped a moment to talk about the town where she livei. 
Haddonfield, New Jersey, It was settled in 1713 and part of the 
house is still standing in which Elizabeth Haddon lived. 
Mrs* Dannenhower's daughter was called upon to show the picture 
which she carried of herself and a young sailor, Bob Rhodes. 
This young man is the eighth descendant of Iboaeser Hopkins, uhe 
nephew whom Elizabeth adopted. Perhaps, like Elisabeth Hadcon a 
John Estaugh, this modern girl *md boy may rind happiness together, 
as, quoting from Longfellow's Elizabeth 

"World wide apart, and yet skin} 
As showing that the human heart 
Beats on forever as of old," 

Tuesday, August XL Very pleasant 

Suspense filled every nook and corner of this old Inn to- 
day as guests and Inn family awaited news of the Japanese surrender. 
Would the official word come— end when? Could w© really believe 
that at long last the War had come to an end? These questions w 
in the minds of all; both guests and employees. It seems as if the 
long awaited official ??ord would never come, until — . It was a few 
minutes after seven o'clock in the evening when the telephone 
tinkled end brought the good news. Yes, the War was over! 
Hostesses ran to the Pantry to tell waitresses while waitresses ran 
to the Kitchen to tell cooks. Guests clapped :1s and talked 
excitedly. The old Inn itself turned over a page in it's own 
History book, 

Wednesday. August 15 Showers — Clear! 

Little Christopher Lin aay be classed as our very youngest 
visitor. He Is only 13 weeks old and was wheeled to the dining 
room in a basket where he drew all eyes with his cunning ways and 

Weak of August 12 to 19, 1945 

Wednesda y, August 15 - continued 

enchanting salle One would know without seeing the mother in her 
graceful native drees that the little baby ? 8 parents were Chinese - 
he looked so like a doll. With Mr, and Mrs. Lin were Mr, and 

a* Shew and later in the day two men in rosplendant uniforms 
came and one wrote in the register, Kids. Tung Sherig Wei, Chines* 
Navy at 151. I, T. These foreign sounding names will g ly be- 
ll very familiar to us before long. Even now it gives us some- 
what of a shock to hear a Chinese baby celled Christopher. 

Thursday. August 16 tj pleasant 

A guest who found the Inn atmosphere conducive to rest and 
relaxation was Mrs. Walter Vincent, wife of a prominent New York 
business man. The Vincents stopped over last night on their way 
from Maine to New York. "The Madame was so tired she thought she 
couldn't sake the trip,* confessed Mr. Vincent. Then he r-Jaed 
that reading a portion of the "Tales of a layside Inn* to the 
Madame had finally lulled her to sleep. "I only got to the middle 
of *Paul Revere *s Ride,*" he said. Mr. Vincent is Chairmen of the 
Board of Wilraer and Vincent, the firm which xa&kes Republic Motion 
pictures, and also Chairman of the Board of the Consolidated Film 
Industries. He is President of the Actors 1 Fund of America, which 
supports the Will Rogers He. 1 at Saranac Lake. 

Friday, August 17 Very pleasant 

A tribute to the restful atmosphere which surrounds the Inn 
was paid to us recently by ano jjht guest. She, upon 

leaving, made a special effort to find the hostess, who, at that 
particular time, was arranging flowers. The guest was a middle 
aged maiden-lady and tbi at she said; "For one who lias been 
as harrassed as I have, unjustly, for the p :w months, this 
place hafl been just wonderful. Last night I slept through without 
having to take everything under the Sun to do so." 

urday. August 18 Vary pleasant 

Today ends an historic weekj a week which has brought great 
joy. This has bean expressed by our guests, not only verbally, 1 
by facial expressions which have changed noticeably. Instead of a 
•tense, serious aspect, the guests have, this #eek, displayed a 
jubilant attitude. They are gayer, brighter, eager. On being shown 
through the house, they laugh and exchange pleasantries. They ar© 
interested and enthusiastic j their minds are not pre-occupied any 
more. Gayety has been the keynote ever since Tuesday n 

Week of August 12 to 19 

o'clock. And with the ban lifted on the use of gasoline, guests hare 
been more muerous* These days have seemed like holidays- But should 
it be a eeek of rejoicing entirely? Let us pause here, on this Sat- 
urday night, to say a prayer for those *ho gave their all that we might 
hare this happy, joyous time. 

Week of August 19-25, 1945 

Sunday, August 19. 1945 Fair 

This evening a group of about 20 Girl Scout leaders had 
dinner* Many favors and gifts vera exchanged and the group second 
to be in a very jolly mood. As one of them explained, *We have 
been eating with the children at eamp all summer and appreciate 
a table by ourselves where it is quietl" 

A group of Boy Scouts from Lincoln came recently to en J 
the hospitality of the Inn. They seemed rather forlorn at fir 
Due to war restrictions; no fires could be built in the woods nor 
could they eat at the Camp on Nobscot Mountain, so they had to be 
content with cold lunches brought from home. After going through 
the Inn, however, they cheered up and finally left in the best of 
spirit . 

■onaay, August 20, 1945 Very hot 

Many kinds of animals come to the Inn both tame ani wild. 
Dogs and cats, whose owners have to be told as gently as possible 
that they must leave their pets out side $ a parrot named "Gray" of 
whom we are very fond - and goodness knows how many pet frogs and 
gold fish and white mice have been brought in surreptitiously. 
Then there are the bats and swallows that have been known to come 
down the chimneys involuntarily. The other day, a pigeon fluttered 
out onto the Bar Room floor much u> the amazement oi' the hostess 
sitting there. Another hostess, quietly talking to a group in the 
Parlor about Longfellow traditions, was startled to see this pigeon 
fly in and calmly perch on a picture of Longfellow. The guests 
watched with interest while Mr. Davieau caught him quickly and 
expertly, and then we noticed his leg was banded. Outdoors age. 
he flew away to continue his journey, thankful to be free and 
perhaps wondering a little about his adventure at the Wayside Inn. 

Tuesday. August 21. 1945 Hot 

Visitors of foreign birth often find here things of 
interest which they remember using in their native lands, 
instance, a Russian remarked today about the pewter coffee urn* 
in the old dining room. They reminded him of the Russian samov*, 
which, he said, were used mostly for tea and not coffee. He al 
spoke of the open fireplace cooking done in Russian peasant homes 
and of the brick ovens where Russian families gather at night to 
keep warm. They huddle together and lean against the oven wall. 

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Week of August 19 - 25, 1945 

Wednesday. August 22. 1945 Still hot 

Mrs. Bennett teacher in the Southwest School, has been help- 
ing on the hostess staff this Summer, coming in the late afternoon to 
work through the erening. Now she is having a short vacation before 
school opens. And speaking of Wayside Inn schools and the Mary Lamb 
school in particular, here is a recent item clipped from a local 
newspaper: "As the time draws near, we hope sincerely that Mary's 
Little Lamb will not follow her to school this season. We'd hate 
to think that some otherwise law-abiding citisen might be tempted 
beyond his strength I ■ 

Thursday, August 23. 1945 Cooler 

Mrs. Gardiner Flske of Boston and Weston, Mars., who spent 
several weeks here during the Summer of 1943* has presented to the Inn 
several very interesting mementoes of Oie Bull, * occupied the 
Ole Bull room. Among the souveniers are a number of fine pictures; 
one in a large plush frame of Ole Bull as an older, another of 
his grave and a harbor scene at Bergen upon arrival of the funeral 
cortege. Also there is a list of subscribe;:* to an Ole Dull memorial 
fund. This includes Longfellow's signature. Urs, Fiske found 
these interesting souveniers in the home of Harvard's Professor 
Eben H. Horsford, Mr. Fiske' s grandfather, 

Friday, August 24. 1946 Rain 

There are many nice thing. 3 said about the Inn, many compliments 
paid, many words of appreciation. All of these we wish Mr. and Mrs, 
Ford could hear personally. Such expressions as "It is wonderful" 
and "Ive had a delightful time" are common. Uncommon w&-3 the phrase 
coined by a guest today. It is a compliment well worth remembering 
and came from a distinguished gentleman, Judge F, E. Johason of the 
Supreme Court in Brooklyn, New Xork, In speaking of Mr. Ford 
what he has done here, the Judge said; "This old Inn is a tremendous 
contribution to the memory of American life." 

Saturday, August 25, 1945 Rain 

The week closes with a list of distinguished visitors; 
distinguished because of their work in various fields of endeavor, 
but more particularly in the War effort. All have partaken of the 
Inn's hospitality within the last few days. 

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wazside inn 

Seek of August 19 - 25, 1945 
Saturday. August 25, i')A5 ( continued) 

Bishop G- Bromley Oxnam, President of the 
Federal Council of Churches of America. 

Major General Lewis 3. Hershey, Director 
of Selective Service, Washington. 

Alexander Lovercdos, Greek ttxalstary of 

Finance, Athens, Greece. 

Under the title "Who*s Sew Today," the Hew fork Sun in 
a recent iosue features Bishop Oxaara. He is a former Preside 
of De Pauw University and nine years ago was elected Bishop df 
Omaha. After that he served in Boston. How, besides being 
President of the Federal Council of Churches, he is Methodist 
Bishop of New lork. 

Major General Hershey needs no introduction. His 
name has been a familiar one during the Wax- years and will be 
perpetuated in tforld War II history. 

Alexander Lovercdos is a representative of the Creek 
Ministry of Finance and makes his headquarters in Sew ?ork. He 
is working for the betterment of economic conditions in Greece 
and is attached to the Greek eabassy in Washington. 

Week of August 26 to September 1 
t 26 Pleasant 

Along all highways leading to the Wyaside Inn today a very dif- 
ferent picture presented itself. Instead of a few slowly moving vehi- 
cles, there were long lines of ears filled with the sailing faces of 
mother, dad and the kids. Horns tooted and the whiBzing sound, of car 
passing car was heard again. Every other farmer had a heavily laden 
stand by the roadside. "Judy's Lunch" was open. Dolls and knick-fcnacks 
suddenly appeared in colorful array. The Wayside Inn parking space was a 
black patch on the landscape as car after car drove in. Mother, dad and 
the kids flocked to the Inn itself, to the Chapel, school house and Mill — 
places they had been waiting patiently to see for four long years. 

Monday. August 27 Partly cloudy 

Last night, David Bemtly and Albert Eaton, Sudbury boys and grad- 
uates of the Southwest School, came to the Inn escorting two young ladies 
from Bedford, Mass. David was in uniform and walked with a cane having 
been wounded in service in Southern France, He kept repeating, "This is 
really wonderful!* Kiss Mary Bradford, one of the young ladles, is t. dir- 
ect descendant of Gov. Bradford and christened a Liberty Ship named for 
her ancester a few years ago. Seeing the bill in pounds and pence in the 
Bar room made out to William Bradford brought out ihis interesting bit of 

Tuesday. Aueugt 28 Pleasant 

Up in Portsmouth, New Hampshire is a tumbled-down, b*tfe*r*»d look- 
ing old Tavern which in no way resembles the Wayside Inn. let there, is a 
feeling of kinship between the two. Both were immortalized by America's 
beloved poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 

The narrow streets leading to the water front in Portsmouth are 
lined with quaint old houses, many of them built by ship's carpenters and 
of ^-Jcellent proportion, some with very fine interior woodwork, fine panel- 
ling and carving. Now however, they appear unkempt and dilapidated? not 
a few having been converted into tenements. And it is not easy walking 
through those narrow streets paved with broken and uneven brick. A hot 
August sun beet down upon us too, as we strolled towards the Sari of H. 
ifax Tavern today. Here Lafayette stopped and George Washington. Louis 
Fhillippe, later King of France, was another distinguished guest. And in 
the old days, swinging from the sign, the Earl of Halifax in portrait, 
looked down from his lofty perch and beheld the beautiful Martha Hilton. 
Longfellow describes this in "Lady Wentworth." 


Beek of August 26 to Septeober 1 


awMawgi fr^' ! - Mi MlMl 

Berl of Halifax beheld Hie sight, 
lot so Bane Steven, for he beard her say 
These words, or thought he did, as plain as day: 
•0 earths fliltoat Fict bo* dare you go 
About the town half dres-ed, end looking sol* 
At which the gypsy laughed* uid straight replied* 
«ffo Better how I look; X yet shell ride 
la ay own chariot, ma*esu* And on the child 
the Sferl of Salifax bealgaly sailed* 11 

Martha Hilton did ride la her own chariot. She aerried Mow 
Baapshire's oovernor *entworth and beoaae Lecy Wentworth* Bonce Longfellow** 
famous story as told by the Poet in the Teles of & tf&yside Inn* 

The Barl of Sallf ex no longer shots his face upon the old Tavern 
sign end the beautiful Berths Hilton no longer goes ebout Portsmouth town. 
Hevertfaeless, both servant girl and Tavern, like the old "Bed Horse* at 
r, will live on forever in Longfellow* e book. 

A dinner v&s given tonight by a group of nurses from th« Veteran** 
Hospital la lest fioxbury for two of their group who were leaving after many 
years of service. The patients, veterans of both forld far** *tnt a tele* 
gran of cougrafeul&tioa to these tee faithful nurses* After -ielng shown 
through the house* the group in the Parlor gfttfurod around the piano sad sang* 
The aeettng broke up to the feme? of •Auld Lang Syae*» end*0eed light Ladle*** 


Sis: Gertrude Seauels etase to see the house recently to collect 
data for one or acre articles to he published in her paper* The Hew fork 
Tines* Our Eery Leah School especially appealed to her* She had taken the 
sight-seeing tripe in Boston with George Pe&reen of the Gray Line and vent- 
ed to write bin up but was doubtful of being able to *put sin over* to her 
boss* She said* "To really appreciate George* one should take the trip ar- 
ound Boston with bin in his, wagon and hear hie recite his own poeas to his 
two horses, Babe sad Dlxie. v Miss Seauels real purpose in coning to Boston 
was to write about uasapioyeeat, but she was looking for material for Tig- 
nettes. We are hoping seen to read about oar school, the Inn and George Pear- 
son in her paper* 


of August 26 to September 1 


Fridav. August 31 Partly cloudy 

Many small children sees to on joy spending the night here. 
The;/ find sleeping on a cot a most thrilling experienee-e specially 
when it is a little rooa to themselves under the eaves. One little 
girl sugg sted recently, •Let's go up the magic steps, Daddy,* 
aeaning the little narrow stairway in the Barroom. This was little 
Nancy Leavens, a very imaginative child who caae to the Bar with her 
adoring Daddy and said she wanted an egg for breakfast, only she call- 
ed it » A Humpty Itampty." 

Saturday. September 1 Very warm 

After a simple wedding ceremony in the Martha Mary Chapel this 
afternoon, the bride and groom, Mr. and Mrs. Thorwald Oulwell receiv- 
ed about forty friends and relatives in the small Ballroom of the Inn. 
The couple stood against a background of pink and white gladioli near 
the fireplace and, as the day turned slowly into evening, candles were 
lit on the long center table. A Buffet supper was served as guests 
sat around the room chatting and eating; chicken salad, ice cream and, 
of course, the Bride's cake. The latter was heavily frosted with a 
pink and white icing and was of almond flavor, (we discovered later I) 
As the very last crumb was being eaten, the bride and groom were board- 
ing a plane for their honeymoon trip. 


Sunday, September 2, 194-5 • Warm 

The Diary-ist overlooked an item which should hare anj 
two Sundays ago. This wa the fact that among guerts registered on 
that day, August 19th, were Lieutenant and Mrs. Jack p. Helium of the 
Berry School at Rome, Georgia. They where guests of Dr. and Mrs Char- 
les M. Proctor of Southboro, Masr^ who are frequent Inn guests smd who 
often mention the Berry School and what Mr. Ford has done there. 
Lieutenant and Mrs. Helium asked to be remembered to Mr. ana Mrs. Ford. 

Guerts registered today from the followin ^z 

Missouri Oklahoma 

Pennsylvania Connecticut 

Florida Vermont 

Ohio Hew Jersey 

Rhode Island Maryland 

Oregon Kentucky 

Mew lork Indiana 

Monday, Septeaber 3, 1945 Cooler 


Our old friend Phil Merriaan of Tauck Tours appeared today 
with four boys from the Royal Air Force. In snappy grey uniforms, 
they attracted much attention as they moved around through the holiday 
crowds} particularly one boy of dark complexion from Ceylon. The 
other three will return soon, they hope, to their respective homes in 
Bagland, Brazil and Madeira. They were enroute from Mew lork to Canada. 

Tuesday, September U, 1945* Pleasant 

Orin Dadman»s grandson dropped in for lunch today. He is 
Mr. Charles Knowlton who remembers Very well the part his grandfather 
played In Wayside Inn history. After the death of Lyman Howe in I860, 
Orin Dadman lived at the Inn with his family; not running the house, 
as an Inn, but using it as a private home. Orin had three children, 
Hervey, Lafayette (who was born in the Lafayette room) and Flora. 
Mr. Knowlton is Flora's son. 

Wednesday, September 5, 19-45 Warm 

And now that the War is over, Fare well parties are being 
held for those War workers who have spent the past three year*? together, 
working side by sid4 in factories, ship building yards and machine 
shops. Such a party was held here tonight by fifty girls, some of whom 
have just been released from the Wyaan-Gordon Company in Worcester. 
Dinner was served in the large dining room with a head table for eight 
arranged near the fireplace. 


Thursday, September 6, 1945 Very warm 

A surprise visit was paid the Inn tonight by Mr, Campsall* 
Mr. Dallinger, and Mr. Hamilton of Dearborn who arrived at the Boston 
Airport this afternoon. They arrived about dinner time in the Bar-room 
beaming with smiles and looking quite brown from the Summer sun. 
After dinner a walk was taken to the Chapel, school, coaches etc. 
They will return to Dearborn tomorrow. 

Friday, September 7, 1945 Very warm 

A letter came today from Dr. Harold Bowditch of Brookline, 
Mass. filled with interesting information about the Howe coat-of-arms 
which hangs in the Parlor and which Longfellow mentions in the Tales 
of a Wayside Inn. Dr. Bowditch is convinced that the painting was 
done by Christian Remick, who was born in Eastham, Massachusetts in 
1726* In 1769 Remick advertised as an artist, including coats of arm^, 
in the Massachusetts Gazette. He was pilot and lieutenant on the 
Brigantine Tyrraniclde of the Massachusetts State Navy, and wss prise 
master and lieutenant under Captain John Manley on the Continental 
Frigate "La ftague* In 1777 he was captured and set ashore in Maine. 
Much of his life was spent at sea; later he lived in Boston. The 
place and date of his death are not known. 

Saturday, September 8, 1945 Warm 

A very pretty bride stood with her groom in the old Ball 
room this morning and received friends and relatives wlio tei come to 
congratulate them upon their marriage. This occurred earlier in the 
day in Marlboro. A Wedding Breakfast followed the reception and the 
happy couple left amid a shower of rice and confetti. The bride was 
Miss Kathryn McNichol of Marlboro and the groom was an Army sergeant. 

Mr. William Sumner Appleton, Secretary of the Society for 
the Preservation of Hew England Antiquities was a dinner guest this 

waiside ma DIARI 

Sunday, September 9, 1945 Pleasant 

A promising young author is Sergeant Julius Fast who is again 
spending the week-end here. Be is a modest sort of person, still in his 
twenties we should say, and not inclined to talk of his achievements. They 
have been of importance, however, as we finally learned when the Sergeant 
passed a pre-publication copy of his book across the old Bar, "It till go on 
sale the 6th of October* the author said. The title is "Watchful At Night", 
a mystery story. Sergeant Fast has previously written short mystery stories; 
many of which have appeared in popular magazines. Soma parts of the new 
book were written here. The author has spent other week-ends in the "Wales" 
room having been stationed at Camp liyles Standi sh for several months* 

Monday, September 10, 1945 Pleasant 

Ken in uniform with all kinds of service stripes and overseas 
decorations are aeaa around the house these days. One of them hovered 
near the fireplace on a chilly, damp evening recently and talked enthusias- 
tioiiXy to his iady'friand: "Boy, I've seen plenty of fireplaces like these 
where I've been. lou could crawl right inside some of the ones in England 
and Ireland*. Another boy, when paying his dinner check burst forth with 
this remarks "Gee, it's great to eat a meal where there's no aoiset" 

Tuesday, September 11, 1945 Partly cloudy 

About 20 men were shown through the Inn today taking time out 
between their business meetings* Their host was the Paul Revere Insurance 
Company of Worcester and the men are from all parts of the country. Next 
week and the week after that, two more groups are to be entertained the 
same way. 

Wednesday, September 12, 1945 Pleasant 

One of the last pupils to attend the Mary Lamb School when it 
was located at Sterling, visited the Inn today. He was Mr. William O'Brien 
of Providence, Rhode Island who remembers the time (1398) when the children 
were told that the school building would no longer be used as a school. 
Transportation was then provided to another school house in a different part 
of the town. Mr. O'Brien walked down to the present Mary Lamb School and 
remarked that it looks about the same as it did in its original location 
only in the old days it was painted white. 


Thwrsday •, September 13, 1945 Pleasant 

•the turnings on that chair are very unusual" and "The cheet 
stair* is an especially fine piece". These were the comments made by a tall, 
distinguished-looking young lady an she and her husband wandered through the 
house this evening. Her enthusiasm for and knowledge of G&rly pine and 
maple furniture aroused our interest and the discovery war, bu \, this 
modest guest, Mrs. Stephen Keiley, is the daughter of the late Dr. Lyons of 
Buffalo, Hew York one of America's leading authorities on Pilgram furniture. 
Dr. Lyons passed away about a year ago and unfortunately left comparatively 
few notes on his vast research work. He came to the Inn once and identified 
a Dennis chest. No wonder then, that Mrs. Keiley showed a genuine love and 
appreciation of the old, altho* she confessed that her father was somewhat 
lax about passing on to hie children his own valuable information. "Be 
had the old fashioned idea that girls were not supposed to acquire any great 
amount of knowledge", she said- 
Friday, September 14, 1945 Cool 

Today the Dancing classes started. In the afternoon the children 
reviewed toe Walts and Life on the Ocean Wave. In the evening the new boys 
were thoroughly drilled in the rudiments of the waits. The second class 
went through the dances which were most familiar to them. They had a good 
time and sang the going-out march lustily - but something was missing, It 
was the girlsi 

Dame Hay Whittv^ now playing in Boston with Era LeGallienne and 
Victor Jory, was a most interested spectator at the children's classes this ^ 
afternoon. She had luncheon with a group of friends on the porch where her 
rich, melodious voice could be heard now and then in conversation, 

Saturday, September 15, 1945 Warm, pleasant 

Hr. Helson E. Miller of the Ford Motor Company, Somerville pi&nt, 
was married today to Miss Lois Schubert at the Martha-Mary Chapel. White 
gladioli added to the beauty of the Chapel and our own white cosmos and other 
garden flowers dresced up the old Ball-fiooa where a buffet tea was served. 
Most of our weddings in these hurried times are simple and informal and to- 
day the minister helped by lighting the fourteen white candles at the Altar 
just before the ceremony. 

Week of September 16 - 22, 1945 

Suaday. September 16. 1945 Plaaaaat 

Meet Captain John Timmer, our ultra modern guest of the day 
who yesterday was in Newfoundlmd, here today and tomorrow will probably 
be in Newfoundland again. That 1 a ho?- fast a tnodern Army carries its men 
froa place to place. A proud father introduced us to his tall, khaki- 
clad son after a family dinner party in the old dining room. React a 
pretty young wife came along and tl en an adoring mother. We should like 
to have introduced the Captaitt to our Revolutionary la; , Eaekiel 
Howe, who on the 19th of April in »75 ran on foot fron Sudbury to Con- 
cordj twelve miles in two hours timet 

Monday. September 17. 1945 Gold 

Last night the thermometer registered 40 degrees and a most 
welcome fire burned on the hearth in the Bsrroom to street the house- 
guests as they come do*n for breakfast this morning. Two of Un- 
gues tn were Mr. and Mrs. Boss from Dearborn Inn, enjoying a vacation 
trip in New England. They seemed delighted with this Inn and a tour 
over the estate and were anticipating a sight-seeing trip around 

Sewing classes started today. The chilcre: -d— 

stone and Southwest Schools went up to the second floor of the Inn 
where Mrs. Sawyer was waiting for them. They all looked very eager 
to start and some carried boxes gayly wrapped in ig new oil cloth. 

Tuesday, September 18. 194 5 Pleasant 

McGuffey»s Fourth reader furnished a house guest with an 
interesting bit of information this evening. It seems ;-uest 
had heard a radio quiz program on which the question *ea. H ^That 
anisal is the Camelopard"? Those present in the radio etucio were 
stumped a? well as our listening house guest. She searched several 
encyclopedias and asked several friends, but not until looking over 
uffey*s Reader did she find the answer. There- on page 1S&, Les- 
LX was a picture of a Camelopard or in other words a Giraf 

Wednesday. September 19. 1945 Cool and Fair 

Miss Nielson, a teacher at the ?erkin f s Institute for the 
Blind, had dinner here tnis evening with a group of friends. She is 
a frequent visitor and likes to come here for relaxation from her 
rather trying duties. Tonight there were t*o or three other teachers 
with her and also the parents of a little blind girl who had come from 
West Virginia to leave their child at the Institute. 

Waek of September 16 m 22, 194-5 


Wednesday. September 19. 194.5 Continued 

For their enjoyment ano! perhaps to take their minds off of the 
recent parting, ','lss Hieleon gathered her guests in Do the Parlor and 
pretty soon her voice could be heard "One autumn nifht in i — ■ 

Thursday. September 20. 1945 

Perhaps the reason for so many coapliraents being parsed 
around lately on the excellent food served, is due to the fact that a 
graduate of the Boys 1 School is back in t,fte kit-cnes age ee ie 
"antosuosso joined the Navy and worked his wa;v .gh Boot camp. Fir 
ing a personal delight in good food and having had some past experience 
in the -chool and Inn kitchens, he decided to become a cook. lie h 
keep up the good reputation of Havy food until a week or so ago when he 
was given a 30 day furlough. Instead of pj his vacation at tav - 
nt centers, Freddie chose to be once nore at hi* old stand in the Inn 
I ihen carving meat and making himsef ^ner&ily useful. When the 
days are up he will return bo Camp Endicott. 

Friday. Septe-ber 21. 1945 I «.rn 

On one of our most interesting pictures of Ole Bull as a youmg 
man there is inscribed in his own handwriting, "To Henry T. Oakes r^ith 
sincere friends lp"» A guest, while roaming through ohe Parlor, was much 
interested because he saia she had in her possession a wine cooler which 
had at one time belonged to the late Alma Gluck, the well known opera 
singer and upon it was written the very same name, Henry 'I 

Saturday. September 22. 1945 Pleasant 


Saail boy after hearing a hostess .oe the /ious task 
of lighting a fire two hundred years ego: "Gee I like t*is Ujm of the 
\Ld be^teri" 

A California guaat returtti&g x,o %e\ . 

home in Vermont visited the Inn recently e. 

oi what he had aeen in this way* ■ Inn) has given ma 

the greatest pleasure I've had in twenty-five years." 

Hostess describing the Cool <et went into a great 

deal of detail regarding I ■ and the signatures written thereon. 
After expounding on the merits of the b>. or severe [ ..tes a 
Welles ley College girl iped up "Ya», and it's only a Sap bucket I" 

Weak of September 23-29, 1945 

Sunday. September 23. 1945 Cold 

Today was still cold but Uie sua shone and the beauti- 
ful weather brought many sightseers. Between 2 end ': -ed 
aoved slowly through the rooms all day gazing at the ant, .cue 
Over 400 seals were served. For the first tirae, fires were light- 
ed in the fire places. Their cheery glow ;hed a nest velcome 
warmth throughout the house. 

Monday, September ^4.. 1945 Still cold 

Mrs. Zimmerman, 19 years agc^ put her little baby to 
sleep in our cradle and today came to show another daughter 
where her sister had slept. It *as hard for ?rs. Stan to 
realize her baby was growing up and about to enter college. 

Tuesday. September 25. 1945 Warner 

For years the Tap-room shelves have sup? .or ted six old 
olive green bottles marked "John Kingman, 1760 s . The name and 
date a -pear on a raised circle of glass. This is a -:ost unusual 
mark, declared Mr. Jay a dinner guest this evening. He added 
that any old oottle is fairly easy to I, but a bottle narked 
with name or date is a great rarity. "lours have both name and 
date and you have six of them exo-tly alikel" he exclaimed. Mr. 
Fay is a Framingham Center neighbor who has travelled all over the 
world. His collection of marked glass bottles is a rarity tc. 
oably the only collection of its sine! in exisr 

Wednesday, September 26. 1945 l&rm 

A very gay group of Waves had dinner here this evening. 
Twenty-five at down to a table lighted by can >rated 

by our eolorful zinnias and a favor at one m 

a sailor, seemed to have the best time ol all. Bany s re 
sung, in parts. It seemed to be a choral group. Their favorite 
was "Anchors Aweigh" which they sang ever and over again; making 
the rafters ring. It was a rare treat to hesr bbtau 

leek of September 23-29, 1945 

Thursday, September 27. 19/15 Warm 

Pre-War activity prevailed today as several hundred 
boys and girls stepped out of sight-seaing h Bim into the do 
yard of the Wayside Inn. Then through the door into the 3ar-r 
Kitchen, Pernor ana upstairs bedrooms they walked, led by one of 
the ho* tes~es. It Mfl Ilka "old times" to ;ce again 

large school groups which through the War year; -n unable 

to travel because of limited bus ervic«. tie* they are on U 
highways again and many history and literature classes will very 
likely be on tbeir way soon to Longfellow^ Wayside Ic 

Friday, September 23, 1945 Warm 

An historical event in the to*n of Sudbury was recalled 
recently v;hen a Mr. and Mrs. Hoaer celebrat ng 

anniversary here. They *ere married in the Sudbury 

. t wedding held there since the very early days. la the be- 
ginning a Civil ceremony was told ia the churc' Lch 
the women of the parish served a M years 
ago the first religious ceremony isas held; ,'. . . w& J r ; » flower 
being the bride and groom. And as in the old day; worsen 
served a wed ia# supper; Saturday night beans and brown bread. 
Mrs. Homer chuckled as she recalled the re?;- de by Mr. Hosier 
when attta asked him if he wuld like bro^n bread - "tes", he said, 
•if it has raisins in itt" 

Saturday. September 29. 1945 Still very warm 

It has been a long time since i Irs* Bewker h' ve 

been mentioned in the Diary. But now it is Saturday ni^ht ag;.in 
and they are here for their Saturday night dinner and bringing 
with thesi a large basket filled with lovely r. ir 

garden. »D inty Bess" are popular an-, the ciny "Tom Thumb 1 -" 
attract a lot of attention, tasty ° f " tn « yellows and deep reds 
look like oictures. After dinner Mrs. Bowker chats he 

hostess r.hile Mr. 3owker reads the even: . Around 9:30 

they say "Good-night" and are again on their way bftfttt to Worcester. 

waxside inn 

Week of September 30 - October 6 

Sunday. September 30« 1945 Pleasant 

Miss Riggs, bouseguest, armed with field glasses and a tout 
boots returned from an early morning bird walk and reported seeing MP 
hearing the following feathered friends: 

50 Blue Winged Teal 

5 Black Ducks 
Water 1 Great Blue Heron 
Birds 6 Night Herons 

1 Little Green Heron 

Myrtle Warblers Blue Jays 

Black-Poll Warblers Towhees 

Song Sparrows Cedar Waxwings 

Chipping Sparrows Nuthatches 

Downy Woodpeckers Goldfinches 

Cro^rs Bluebirds 


Monday. October l t 1945 Rain 

Furnace fires were lighted for the first time to take away 
the chill and dampness of this rainy October day. Due bo the warmth 
of the last few days in this vicinity many plants such as lilacs , vio- 
lets, paasies and even apple trees have had a second blooming. We 
read --bout this in the papers and *ere .le i be dole to contrib- 
ute our bit today — a branch of forsythia in full bloom. The lovely 
yellow blossoms have pushed themselves out from among the green leaves, 
a combination which v.e never see in the early spring. 

Tuesday, October 2, 1945 Cloudy 

Frequent guests for many years are the Shartf ">, father, mother 
■jhter Gloria and a young son. We have become quite well acquainted 
and huve been especially interested in Gloria's rise to fame in the M 
ical worl >'.. " M is an accomplished pianist a:. .iree years of age 
was ready for her debut but postponed it to ^ive her services to the 
Armed Forces. Almost every night she played in some Army carap or aboard 
some vessel in port. Her mother thinks ~he has done the most good, how- 
ever, in hospital wards and that many a mental case has b en cure-: by 
her playing and her music i*: of the best, too, mostly froa tha ( ;s. 
Now the War is over she is planning her debut in New Jfork in November. 

Week of September 30 - October 6 


ISednesday, October 3. 1945 tfindy 

Recent Remar 
"The Longfellow Parlor has beauty, dignity, warmth, hos- 
pitality, charm." 

"Cooks in the old days wculd be as much at sec ia .ur 
modern kitchens as we would be in theirs." 

"Did you know that the Square Dance called "Pop Goes tbe 
Weazle" came from hearing the clock reel snap at every forty revol- 

Thursday. October 4» 1945 Pleasant 

A frequent guest these days is Lieut. Colonel Follansbee, 
Chaplain-in-chi-rge at Fort Devens, -Aaes. Colonel Follansbee intro- 
duced a fellow Chaplain this evening, one who has just returned after 
two years spent in the front lines in Germany. He has visited Eng- 
land and told of some of his experiences there. Speaking of our old 
Bar and comparing it to those in the English pubs, the Chaplain imi- 
tated the English bartenders who at 10 o'clock shout to their clients: 
■Time, please, gentlemen!" This means closing time. 

Friday, October 5t 194-5 Pleas- 

Beautiful bubbles, large and small, of gorgeous rainbow 
colors floated into the air of the Old 3ar room this afternoon as a 
houseguest demonstrated a very modern soap bubble set. Instead of 
the proverbial clay pipe and bowl of soap suds, ohis was a mouth- 
, blowing device packed in a small box, without soap or liquid and 
marke-.! |.39 at Woolworthsl The set is called "Rainbow bubbles" iind 
according to another guest who witnessed the demonstration, the chem- 
ical used was discovered by a --dentist of the Eastman KO': ay 
in the Distillation Chemistry Laboratories at Rochester, New fork. 

Saturday. October 6. 1945 Rain 

The daughter of Prof. Chaffee of the Harvard Law School was 
married today in Cambridge to Yr. Paraon i'il inghast, U. t« ''?avy, and 
the couple came out to the Inn to spend the night. During the evening 
quaint mu?ic was heard from the parlor und upon inv=. , 'Jr, 
Tillinghast was een. seated at the old piano. Later he explained that 
the music he | laying had been composed for Queen Elizabeth by 3v 
These pieces were originally written for the spinet and one of then was 
called "The White Cliffs of D*rer" which sounded very familiar to our 
modern ears! 

jArsiDE mm DiAfty 

Week of October 7-13, 194-5 
Sunday, October 7, 1945 Pleasant 

Reflections of a Sunday Guest 

On the broad sweeping green hill across the way, the 
Martha-Mary Chapel gleams stark white against the morning sky. 
Fith its beauty of traditional architecture it seems a reraote 
sanctuary for quiet thinking and prayer. Inside, the sun from 
the many paned windows gives a bright reflection on the deep 
red carpets and shining oak pews. 

Down the hill a short distance from the Chape i one 
can see the Mary Lamb School House. The tiny red building is 
quiet this morning. There are no little pigtailed girls or 
sturdy little boys in knickers running around the yard until 
tomorrow morning when they will be suimaoned by the clanging 
school bell. It is fun to see the lambs grassing in the nearby 
meadow and visualise one of them accompanying the small Mary of 
the olden nursery rhyme up to the little red school, much to the 
consternation of her teacher many years ago. One cannot help but 
envy those twenty little children that attend that school now. 
In that atmosphere of beauty and tradition, the fundamentals of 
education must take on an even deeper meaning and what fun it 
must be to tell ones less fortunate small friends that they , 
to the same school Mary and the Little Lamb attends 

Returning down the street I see the old Inn with its 
air of old world charm and hospitality. This walk has been mere 
than a historic tour or a stroll to enjoy the natural beauty of 
the countryside in the Fall. It ha?s shown us a way of life, a 
more leisurely, contented way of living - work, wore ": a 
study- a general feeling of peace and well being, a feeling of 

■ importance of the individual. I only wish everyone had I 
opportunity to take a walk by the Wav Spiritually 
tal:e away so much more than you bring. 

Monday, October 8, 1945 ¥U 

Miss Joan febster will join the Ri next 

week. e is a graduate of Abbott Academy and has had 
experience in office work and in meeting the puDiic. Confi- 
dentially she is interested in writing and is the M if 
the above essay. 


Week of October 7-13, 1945 

Tuesday, October 9, 1945 Partly cloudy 

Overnight guest, Mr. Max Plowman flourished a Revolu- 
tionary musket before our eyes this morning; one which he had 
found in a neighboring antique shop. It is similar to the one 
hanging over the mantle and is also equipped with a bayonet. 
Mr Plowman expects to carry it home to New Jersey as a decorative 
piece over his own fireplace. The Plowmans are pre— ?>ar guests 
who have returned after an absence of three years for a motor 
trip through New England. 

Wednesday, October 10, 194-5 Pleasant 

Our correspondence is heavy these days; mostly in- 
quiries from people who are once again able to travel by motor. 
They ask if we are open, seving meals and taking overnight 
guests. Many add a friendly, pleasant word about the Inn such 
asj "Many years ago I spent a night at your charming Inn and 
have always wanted to return*. From Ne* Jersey, a doctor 
writes to ask about week-end accomodations and adds: *tfe .have 
been at the Inn before, just for Luncheon and the afternoon. 
We want you to know we thought it delightful.' 1 Another letter 
which gives the hostesses a *pat on the back* ends with this 
paragraph: "The few days at Wayside Inn have remained very 
happily in my thought and I recall the kindness and thoughtful- v> 
ness of the hostesses. They were so helpful without over-doing it. 

Thursday, October 11, 1945 Pleasant 

The Wayside Inn-ers were very such pleased today to 
welcome back into the fold, Agnes and Lena, who have beaa gone 
since last Spring. With the exception of this five month 
interim Agnes has been here as Head-waitress, 23 year-. Lena 
is her assistant and close friend. Both live in the Gate Rouse 
and call the Inn their home. Not only are the Inn-ers glad to 
see them back, but alco many of the guests. Curing their 
absence they were greatly missed. 

Friday O £ \ *-, ^ ** < Cloudy 

Every tree was at its peak in fall color today. The 
sky is a beautiful blue with a few white fluffy clouds scattered 
here and there. Our guests ca^e on foot, horseback, busses 
and in private car . 


leek of October 7-13, 1945 

Guests registered from London, England; Tampa, Florida; 
Hollywood, Californi&J Paxton, Illinois; and Iceland as well as 
the New England states. 

Saturday OcX \3_, V°VH<^ Pleasant 

Many of our Wayside Inn boys are receiving their 
discharge papers as are many other boys. They all seem to 
rush back here to see their old acquaintances and the grounds 
that are so familiar. 

Chester Sole ski, class of f 37 ', came for two days, 
accompanied by his charming wife. A fellow graduate, Philip 
Noyes stepped into the Inn and a quick glance at the floors 
recalled the great care he took several years ago helping 
to replace the ancient and worn boards. 

"Jerry" Wood was discharged two weeks ago and lias 
now started his college education at the University of New 



*eek of October 14 - October 20, 1945 

Sunday . October 14. 1945 *» 

le had as a guest today Ure. Louise H&wkes of Saugus. itrs. 
Rawkes was among the ardent townspeople who prevented the Old Iron 
Works House from being sent from its natural surroundings to Greenfield 
Village. She made speeches and went to Governor Saltonstall *ith a 
petition that finally enables Saugus to retain this historic laadsark. 
The Iron Works House was the home of Joseph Jenkins vho inve; ted the 
long sythe tad made the ciie for our first coin, the pine tree shilling. 
Mrs. Rawkes tells us that the town of Saugus is now crying to restore 
the furnishings of tiie lovely old fa> me and when this is completed the 
Iron Works Route will be open to the public. 

gonday, October 15, 1945 Pleasant 

This afternoon the wide old floor ooards of the Inn took on 
a very gala aspect as they became strewn with confetti from the arriv- 
ing honeymoon couples. The scent of gardenias singled with the woocy 
satell of the barroom as we greeted Mr. and "rs. David Potter of Lex- 
ington, *-'r. and Mrs. "Jar shall of Cambridge, and. fr« and Urs. Harris 
of Hollywood, California. 

Hostess: "Did you rest comfortably?" 

Guest: "Only that we were wakened by the great gret-t grand- 
children of Mary's Little Lamb". 

Tuesday, October 16, 19/, 5 Rain 

We had an interesting talk i?ith Mr. Harris today. He is a 
machinist mate 1st class and was with the amphibious forces at Okinawa, 
Iwo Jiroa .nd many other South Pacific battles, "r. Harris had three 
ships naak under hia and was among five gunners that were r ;evor^y_^£-- 
wounded by an ex loding Japanese lane. ?Hnen we maim reference to his 
Hollywood address, he told us that before the war he had been a stunt 
man in the movies and he felt that «M pretty good prer m for 
some pheses of Navy life. 

Wednesday, October 17, 1945 Clear 

Mr. John K. Simons, a frequent guest at the Ina, preheated 
us with a very interesting and informative book entitled "Ole Bull, A 
loir". It is a biography of the mu~icioja written by his *ife, Sara 
C. Bull who Wi-s rister to Longfellow's son-in-law. This book will 
sn excellent addition to the Inn library. t leaf is invcri. 

■Presented to Longfellow's Wayside Inn, October 7, 1945, la clatloa 
of all that has b*en given to posterity by Mr. and Mrs. Hoary Ford". 



Week of October U - October 20, 1945 


Thursday, October IB, 1945 Pleasant 

A fat robin has built a nest in the b&yberry tree outside one 
of the windows of the original dining room. 

Mr* Marshall, one of our honeymoon houseguest3, "ne to 
America five years ago from Egypt, was eloc in his e Inn 

and the entire estate. He pointed out that Africans often toured Eur- 
ope trying to find an atmosphere, culture or way of life that they could 
find in our own country in a place such as the Inn that combine? a fine 
historic background sith an atmosphere of peeeeful cheer. 

Friday. October 19 . 19-45 Pleasant 

Today we overheard a guest telling her eeapex c her 
last booK had run into nineteen editions. Tzpre- ad curious we fin- 

ally discovered the author to be Ruth Webb Lee *ho used to have a lovely 
antique shop in Fraaingham. While admiring our pewter, **rs. Lee told us 
that her "Early American Pressed Glass" was her latest ana most neoteft- 
ful book. "Victorian Sites* will be published in December. 

Saturday. October 20, 1945 Fair 

This morning we vent for a walk in the rooos I bri: 
leaves for the tables. Many p .ople were exploring . ig 

into the windows of the Mary Lamb ^chool. 

A woman from Sudbury, looking wistfu..l; e Inn remarked, 
■I *ish I didn't live so near. I'd love to come end the night. 
Another guest on her way to Florida said it was rather ridiculous for 
her tc start a long trip by coding to the Inn as she never in her trav, 
would find a clace she weuld like as well. 


leek of October XL - October 27, 1949 

October 21. 1945 ** 

There are now hundreds of wild - 

Mr. Pettig; ew haa baa .ing b* is i the h 

their rdgration may be t Rece. -king l al 

Zone found one of our birds and brought it I in turn 

notified Y. Pettigrew of the 1 

■At Wayside Inn the poppies grow* 

Bade us anot FW 'Ihis seed. 

which were g- iaed Pleader* ~. We .are Blent 

. . . ■ 

October 22, 1945 Pleas; 

Today we had a visit rt Verrseclres *hc gra / 

Boy- • School i. ■ Albert or "Iggy" ar- he . * 

is a Slarine Sargear 

We talked with a lady the) 
a ,. in 1 

no ru i i vas flttai 

that tl Is. 

At seven o'clock the chape 
whe:. Nancy Weeks of Sarlboi 


about .lie wi rn to 

Washington where they are both eap rt. 

QcUber 23. 1945 

A walk around 
very happy experience, 
trar the br 
true feeling of p< entaent. t 

not crov ^ars. 

ing seemed lore interested in aoairing the br 
trees and in | the hie tori 

This pleased co welcome 


Week of Oct 1945 

or U. 1945 C: 

We bare as - - 

, D- C- ght 3 gri ' ■ 

to in col. 

Dana of Kawthor .. - Low lei gr. 3eale 

boots dealing ■ 

public jgrapby o. t. 

October 25, 1945 in 

A fine, seemingly endless drizz'i- r* to :-ople 

from the Inn tod. y. k Irs. Ly ... 

bar - - inter »r, 

..zabeth Due.-- • Mrs* I 
President an 
she receive: :ade of 116 

A ~ sf Stuc k ry, 

Conne ly 

-6. 1945 Bad 

Today Garden ey 

i .Learr- 

Plaid at a 


the house. 

remark "I f el aa ad bee ■' . We 

overheard igh the 

I had heard oi Ola Bull, but I always I" 

October 27, 1 ir 

The fleet is in oo celcor:.te aany 

■ v ute to the festivities drop . •;., among 

them several Navy p nel. 




HeeK of October 21 - 


October <7, 1945 Continued y 

A group of small, wigglt^r • • 

Teaacre School . is 


Or luncheon guee 
our Cool s 

Coc m D. C- 

Schoo- ;«.ior wfes & ' 

to Calvin Coc C. 

Cool ^own i': fcj*s 

first visit to the Inn. 


Week of October 28 - 
frmday, October #11, i Wc. 

A ver, • rolleo ads 

of the In; in ru r ; 

A ver. 
whose book "Colonial 

children all over th ,ry. sirs. Colfttt 

anf. nd children to t,he Inn 

estate "the nicest way p: n . 

Monday , D-' T 1945 

Mrs, Rex 

gur. er was r *ho «ss ar; 

"There m a litl . 

It Gar. 
her ww "rs. P. &- 

grand iter of Carolina 


■ I 

Tuesday a £ 

Two large school ett 


Newton *f>r* ju wonders ■ /" 

whet- surpris- d the thi 

the &, 

fiiJeo. moEaen 

red . 
student , while i. 
nearly exhauster 

y^flti: _ w 

A group of IS L 
Woman' hi 

..t been here when ri r - ": ' 

c it certi . . «. 

This t 

. . 
It w. 
Hunt Clubs and it vsT-s very thr : stone 

walls and ga . 1. 

wa cm 


We Ictobc 45 

Thursday, November < ; Fair 

Crora H ry 

in ■; ry too> . 

fco welcome 
It - 

several years at bright Field where tr- 

the f orajfc . 

-. November £, Clc 

Chap ry of ' 

it the 
at in 13 yearr be i 

like t 

la r ■, 

Mr. John Cw 
ing, v. 
■a vest 
bed-warmer hanging 

nd hm 
it i - way fa 


de were gathered at the Ga 

3e lot' % and maybe v ie 

iry wh« 
the reap Road. 

This e- 

men *■":. 

country. They were 

Joun i recently v Dearborn, ai 

the flenu for 

the Ford Motor Coap. lock *. : 

Guil n 




Nov h 
The f i. ed 

with fine white Hakes em 
lov. . scene. 

seemed relu< Leave the v;armfr 

v.ut-ide. The 
differs tes f r 


We ha- 
their young daughter I real Glen Fa 


that may be ■ 
L sa fti 

v«d mar 

l name of M- . 

■ . 
today. As a chi he attended the 

t brie 
After her 

■ ■ ■ ■ 
,e Teachers College 

Rand , . „ 

pleased with tht and sani 



fbi | are rm 

looking H 

-ris^d exclamation jomes 

reg. lay a can ye 

to find Greer Gar ' fcur«« 

I am" gut- 
ter "Mr. Bi erg and v 
made ht Us. Jiinr ■ 

•denberg a 


November I - 10, 1945 

A very attractive honeymoon couple c after 

tht ori'ul wedding cere o Emmanue". Church, •. ft* 

were Lieutenant and Mrs. Thome ere 

as overnight guests en route to San Fruici I will 

be stationed. Mrs. Smith in the former Elizabeth 
and he 5ae *<Tjtt 

SATuPD^*- l^o^ ^ 

ay people en route 
lunch. This evening we had of t 

Holy Crop team who tu 

College. These three . T. H. Gr-'-oy, a 

New lork Publisher who days/ 

di in 

ron - ^1 u 

We were partii. y, 

where bla ly 

f winter outside. Jim Barron who gr;- - ^ 
Hated from the Boy >1 in 19-C3 carae to the Inn r , a 

friend from the rervice. Ji 

erve Maritime Service an- a'i 

duty. Hi l t vi it v. 

. The crescent In Ignia cm ve 

tells us that ho is a Nary Cook now. A group 

i £. ft. C. A. Oelebrat 
anni v .ere tonight* 

BIX - u/vt 

Lt. Nancy Midv?oooL oi the ? 
after lun the whereabout 

used to be on display at the Gatehoi. 

en ~he v ; a a small child liT 
a b£ 
to learn that the bicycle 6. 

1 » \i/ »* 



Den ofacturing C .mpany. rheir - 

in Divi the Army ve 

a f.' 

rery Inn Mr* ft Ir . . 

HSDil -M| <* fR 

Today we 
Ed-: I i bani 

Nation v.nce radio p f \ . ith 

a en gag 
t;n. i : 
be • nd on . . . 

yed in or* 
tour mrm ' 

I . Peabody prior t the v er , tour 
motion pict 


WAl 7 INN 

D I A 

November 12 - November 17, 1945 
c ntinued 


Sixty member? of the Wilthaw H Club had a 

banquet here in celebration of a successful concert oi Chopin 
mile which they presented last ni^ht in Waltham. The table? in 
the largr i were gaily ted with blu 

placecara:-' with a mu'ical note motif and iargt of chr; 

thamums. After dinner they e movie "Kooxtli nata" 

in which Padere^scui plays one pu I >in. The group were 

very enth-. e about the Inn SB that the;, t they 

could always music in vuch a c! 

OAI - >\/tfr IN 

John Webber from Bost n Mti is intere 
in the whale oil leaps on the parlor mantel. The lamps *:e--e made 
by Israel Trask who was the great gr tor. Ur. 

Ford 1 chese lamps to Sr. '. - in 19 in 

Trask collection of a pewter exhibit vrhieh Kr, Webber 
».ing at that time, 

SASfffiAl - >>/n"^ ,AR 

We have been be.~e.iged v r 

Thanksgiving reservation , but this one especially l 
lifeM it wistful appeal..., "Can you possibly ac te two 

l pry country bumpkins who must eat on Thanktgivir.- o.ay? My young 
frie just returned from the South Pac ;. 
remj he has my written promise t;> bake him a .he 

Wayside for one of your famo - If you find it impossible 
to accept tv» hungry, humble applicants, I : hall hav its- 

thing to be thankful for in a noli cm of: Choi Bacon 

gs (or) Cfe a la King (canned) (or) Food. 

My housekeeper h.'*r- been seriously ill and absent for many weeks, We 
could bring our own firewood - choice oi apple, hickory, oine, birch, 
pumpkin or mince." We somehow managed t , 
be served tfaa ,uth Dartmouth. 


\ f 

w] \< 

An S&1 >-uest u 

Da; oatrector* Br. 

ear nlenta 3*14 that he **/ 

lines* fie is taking a 
the strike rituation to • 

SCTOal h/\<\ 

Be ted a plea«ent vi 
their s-jn and deocbv . 


student, wbtf taking nates on the Luagfello* 
ics very interested in the ?tor 

TDlLSiUf l|(lO 

A recent guert « 
.9 very interested in being dtevw; the 
her gr&et grand*© t. 

ms said that she had an 
but easily recognised it Qroa 
belong*. bar srtat grand? 

nmvff u/vi 

Today* e mi J brought 
of Tauex 
reads t 

"ftoaenber the r->y.. se ooy 

Ce. "aderla end 3 

on U-bor Lay? 

it ten i rjo Dfcglan 
sent to be reaateberec 


ifova^Oer -» to E e eunfaw • 
- cscatL^ucd • 

H *" 


A lovely big waom %tora that sa&de the b 
woods on the estate take en the io 6*5 

©arc* ano* seen*. P*o hcuee gue * See folk epet 

ewiy houra r*bovej.Jbig their <n* ;« end 

&a expresft truck froa fnrJboro spent the aigbt la • 
the ban, o»ed to eorfc in rubber boots antl thought »i4t 

fun it nouXd be to go eiciing. 

Ml M/W 

-3 large ballrooa «*« a^&in .ubjo oi ,ie« 

vhea Bfra« Charles Tad* -."o a tea tc MR 

engages*- .filter Aane t 

Corps* After tee ecs eerved en Kitertaiaei .ions 

re*4 tv»e ?hcrt, bus^nrou* sketches that oar* very entl;u*.Lu -1- 



Lft9t evening at & candle 
*is? lancy Srevn of ?syien4 bocaae tf 

?hepard of ic*t-:n. A roc saa held lo >rge ballroooi 

«t*re a buffet supper vaa earved. y 

returned froa wv^rieas there after e yo.:.r of coabat duty, he 
HI c^r-fiDO-i in l Japanese rii.-_- Mem* 

•i _ 




The •-ipaay 1 1 

ift has bee; 
v.eok run io do- ton f st 

two of &• 
twig, u tferc«4«£ Kolt*, 
©ad VL&rgr-i i; t Kol ,, t*r < 

to an account of their 

•^f-^ter MMH ->vc:.r 
ta?t of ou 

•tc, u«u former 

toft of whfc boy f roa 


tt to ft 

'* tola gn iftT end grsnft 

d here 


-c noinl] MCftix 

•ft«fel*£ton« * receat b« 
- in ft; 





■ c eoja 


D I A R I 
Week of December 2-8, 1945, incl. 


Mr. and Mrs, Winfred Rhoade3 of Chestnut Kill will be 
x y. our houseguests this week. They originally came to the Inn 
)m/% ? OT th eir honeymoon last April. Mr. fthoades is a well known 
\p Boston psycotherapist end has published many line books in 
field. A copy of his latest and most successful book "The 
Art of Living' was presented to the Inn Library on a former 


Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Sprout of Eharon returned to the 
Inn today to celebrate Mr. Sprout* s discharge from the ser- 
vice. They too spent their honeymoon at the Inn. fcr* Sprout 
laughingly noted that the tiny apothoeary scales tipped in 
favor of the house. 


Miss Ellen Riggs of Boston, a frequent visitor 
borrowed a copy of "The Tales of a Wayside Inn" to read this 
snowy afternoon. She noticed that Longfellow used the term 
•The March of Time" in the "Tales" and believes that the 
present title for the Time Magazine moving picture feature 
is adopted directly from the poet. 


Mr. Prescott from the school dropped in to entertain 
us with a tale of his experiences hiking up Mount Tashington. 
Mr. Prescott was vitally enthused with the spirit of the 
mountain climbers that he encountered on his trip. He said 
that these sport enthusiasts are people "free from fvordidness" 
and that the outdoor life "swept the cobwebs" from their 

Week of December 2-8, 1945, incl. 


Lt. and Mrs. Robert Sanford from Eayland are spending 
their honeymoon here at the Inn. Lt. Sanford received his 
discharge this morning and promptly started out with his 
wife for a day of skiing in celebration. As he left the Inn 
he slipped and fell, a confused panarama of plaid shirt and 
ski boots. Struggling to his feet, Lt. Sanborn staunchly 
remarked, "First morning I am a civilian I have to fall 
down} I never could fall down in uniform, it looks too 


We overheard two remarks this wintry day that 
pleased us very much. A Portugese business man after going 
through the Inn said, "What a wonderful place this is to 
make one feel peaceful." 

Another enthusiastic guest hoped that Governor 
Tobin of Kassachusetts didn*t forget to tell them about 
this place when abroad making Boston* s bid to be the site 
of the United Nations Organisation. 


After checking in tonight, 3!r. and 2rs. Thomas Pcott 
of Binghamton, New Xork, walked through the house enthusi- 
astically admiring the old rooms. "I first heard of the 
Inn at Panama", Mr. Scott told us. It seems he had been a 
bunkmate of Mr. Estabrook»s son for his tvo years in the 
Army, and had heard such glowing accounts of this place 
that he chose to spend his honeymoon here with his attrac- 
tive new bride. 


December 9 - 15i 

"^iss Riggs, our nature-loving house— gue~t, uresped 
her~elf for a winter walk rd~ 

the woods where she enountered m - ad friends. 

Among them were the tree sparrow ehese fiat - 
through field f ., a?jpc- bit ruff 

wind. Miss Riggs returned from her walk brin ^1 

of evergreens efej in sac oar bo 

on the dining room teJ 

MONDAZ \lA \o 

The Inn was a. lively place this evening flta -y- 

seven members of the faculty ana students of the Atlaailc 
Union College motored here froa Lttaeftster, Mas**? to 

celebrate the Christmas season. Dinner mm -erved in the 
large dining room after v- 9 cntert^insv 

was provided including movi- the reading of 

Dicken's "Christmas Carol". 

DAX \T~\ »x , LD 

A ■•Tc ing 

the corner near the fireplace in the old 3 : t,icu- 

larly attractive spot. Lg it <?c, are thi 

7r. sad Mrs. Rob#rt ^anborr: ."■sly-wt ve 

been here sever- •- The y from 

Battle fatigue and choose . His 

lovely new wife entertains his (u. tbout 

photography. She is ■ Mien* 

field and has recorded several important vents 

such as Betty Grable 1 ? rig. 


The Inn staff c • at an early 

hour this morning to prepare for a Fedding Breakfast to be 
served at 10:30 o'clock. Agnes set t. or eight 
the old dining room while «. hostess p greens around the 

THE */. INN 


December 9-15, 1945 
ued - 

towering wedding cake. , 

including ul repast, tJ 3d, 

Bride was il 
le the groom mA ashea 
with striped trousers. A a 
old b&Il-roon -e the 


The Inn n 
thin evening provi; 
. una Mm 

ropos of tht -r-nd it 

joyment of all who lister 


Mr. Lewis, an -he Foi 

the 22 year--, « 

of the Eastern Star at a farm* 

evening, ~.'i. "kvj.- is leav! le 

Plant to go in te 

sat down to a trukey dinner which 

in the l^rge ball-room. Mr. Ln 

lively old t'asha tape while a fi 

ed them, Later -iad 

its share of attention as C> touted 

to each at.- 

I \ Z-\\? 

Registered for lunch today %ere Mr. i 
of Lcosia, Cy 



D I 


boys and girl-, braved the cold tc 

and have dinner here. :lub if 

ray* and the right to oooa t 

earned by good atfcf c# at their wi A 

co^isunion candlelight service KM held at fefca Qtaj ;-re 

one of the teachers said, "Jou pin drop.* 

They literally blew into -ne 

-enlaces waiting ia&ar* After wj 

around th< o- 

n w&^ made b<. on 

of tone one of our . In 

ir. Oondit said, "Mr. 
helps ae in ro many ways'". 

tola no successful he thought 

30NDAX \t\ H :OLD 

Everyone is ballets t the II 

young men in "civies* dropped la for dinner tl if nd 

added a few acre reaarir :ticn. 

As 'tood in fror . <m 

said, "Gee, in the Ai rt 

for frosen fingers. No* 1" 

SttU v 2At$" 

The Christmas spirit reigns, 
with greens and giitt- Mr 

table decoration?, t* 
hauled into the ball room r* 
A tele call from the 3ort.;. 

I that Santa Clans need* hiv a&ayt 

. -e are the outw\. jects o 
heart of everyone here, V 

way. Little message.- wt to ide 

Inn friends at a distance. There re the ■■:- iba 


December 16 t 

- ued - 

McMillans, the 8 

shai Inn tJL. 

: share it' - 

Prof* :ds e\ r - re- 

fers for e rvurd 

(aar«r and au 
spec v r« 

AI \ 2^ \«\ 



rooms, the only brl >ot beh 

dearth. Around tfcu 
ing in iin 
sno. -.ever i-. 

recounting his bi 

These included fla| in 

Africa just &s he «as uont to do ovei 
the <e Inn. Tony ii one of "our 

\* Inn 
when stat iia, 

a copy of the "Tal 

that the cheri> to. 

"It m way 1 ' > 

it to hi t« 


Down the ch.i 
landed fcboal the large ba:!; roc re he 

ad two 

ivai, sio:.-. . this 

the children of ?,aysiae Inn 

D I A 


children find the saee excit 
eagerly await hJ 

ting, a little 
with [ is 

a to ^lace. tear ty 

welcome - aac \t ice ' 

DBAS ! %\ ^ LD 

former HearfajA-ster 
a Kerr . ->w 

dancing Claras, hr> talked rith big i'r.v - tiaes 

the Inn. Ralph Dei Greco, who was one of 
about ten years ago, j< 

his future, namely to ysical '<e 

University of o the 

State House, 
not Delagriet he had been I 

: Lever is the gift 
few, but to be kin<" e#* 

"Anyone who ii ^ling 

these . 

out aj -.rt 

a chce i . . * 

9 wait for m 
waiting, work such faith as 
-Losophy of life. id L 
tnere 1 ue) be ner 

tha ; ity. " 

Excerpts for Today" . go 

The Wayside In.i -y the bar 

William Wallace Rose - Chrlfteaj 



r. y 
rwber ■■ 


SUN DAI *\*5 

'Ux nice little gj 
c.ool class were en cert t&eir r, 

Mr 5. ; ;e, who d* ,er 

this aorni. shares rervict.. The girls were 

^nd anthustiastic e 

house rushed to the BWtfsa for 

they ^ent merrily down to t . 1. 

About four oH-lcck, khey appeared 
door to trave a. c -ye. 

DAI JT\^1 

ill afternoon, Agae-- 
packed-away red tuole _ ■ 

old SB for s 


serred .^le* ire 

added warmth and atuc 

inner was an. 
eight fcaagry ?li 

. waited eage 
The ?li 
in Frar, 

Christmas for releWta 3i*l- 

ly >t 

/ in-i. 

■ ... 

. in Markhan's aagni. 
»ail recent.. 
It's last two lines are a pray< 

ry.'-v Merc; speed the fiour then War shall 

And een cry be 

D I 


- continued - 

A pink teddy bear, bora* by 

hear - 

a green ■ gaa tfe on the vide fr or - 

pinned to a aaaam 1 - anty" 

tiaa - a gob ia blue - I ce bringing 

in his hfinds a high chair - isere the 

peace- loving aspect:; of Chri 

"aen crying back to God, 

mi \^\ 2.L 

Guests hftVt registered r 
Argentina, Norway, Nov--> Scotia sad Portugal. 

THUfiBDAI \t\*^ 

It «C a" 

were it n '.?■ vino bri- 

ef? ting th- ■ froa afar* ^::on % t i- 

well h ng thi ing m w r rgral 

-e goat ia -front of - 

at pec 
to the other. CoXoaa] 

Vienna and Kr. v . I . Hi ffaan is er i'n vi Bi to 

Frankfurt, Gena&ny - I Loag stoat »*■ 

time, but only i 

traveller. Other ft vara the T 

who found ao difficulty ia sea;; Ida the iVnce 

because they to:. raly in pa* 

,°uch gosai iized 

lilce our *:aaes ir 

fl©-> rth fr to 

Mr. Lang and to Mrs 

in settled i; 
Horns are bacic in Vien- Tork, 

may, by chance, hear k far 

a little while they eo 2d la" ;yaide 



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SATURDAY \ h\ ^ 

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the -or. 

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t buri- 
sparkling in the i-ght. Inert 

•ide of tK e to t] 

All the straight lines in 

thickened and only the 

where the eaves mist be. Qtttaj hung 

e gree 

its own -?ie 

ted c«u 

a Sffl&l. read: